|The Itsukushima Shrine, Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. Photo by Andy Finley, Hanshi|
Some sensei at Juko Kai International teach these koryu arts. If you were to train in most of these samurai arts, such as sojutsu, you would most likely have to move to Japan, as few in the US teach these. Yari is a spear that was favored by some samurai and warrior monks in Japan's past. Yari is just one of a group of nihonto (Japanese blades) (日本刀) that include yari (槍), naginata (薙刀), katana (刀), wakizashi (脇差), seoidachi (also known as odachi - 大太刀), and tanto (短刀). When I was in the US Army, we trained with bayonets fixed to an M16, but of course, this was a modern martial art.
|Sojutsu clinic, Arizona Hombu Dojo, Mesa. Todd Stoneking, 8th dan |
of Murray, Utah leads the 2018 Arizona-Utah Hombu annual clinic
attendees in kata using yari. Not everyone had yari, thus,
using a bo with an imaginary blade, can provide a substitute.
|Ben blocks sword (katana) attack by Amira using the pommel end|
of yari during a 2016 clinic at the Arizona Hombu Dojo in Mesa.
|Ben Moeur blocks sword attack by Amira Rodriguez using his yari during samurai arts clinic in 2016 in Mesa, AZ|
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|Soke Hausel, world head of Seiyo Kai Shorin-Ryu Karate & Kobudo|
demonstrates yari at the Arizona Hombu in Mesa, Arizona