History of Shibukawa Ich-ryu jujutsu
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 1. History

  (1) How Shibukawa Ichi-ryu was founded

  The Shibukawa Ichi -ryu jujutsu(澁川一流柔術) was founded by Shuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki in the last days of Tokugawa shogunate.
  He moved to Saka village, Aki county, Hiroshima domain with his uncle Miyazaki Giemon Mitsuyoshi from Uwajima domain.
  Shuto Kuranoshin learned Shibukawa-ryu(渋川流) and Namba Ippo-ryu(難波一甫流) from his master Miyazaki Giemon, moreover he practiced Asayama Ichiden-ryu(浅山一伝流) at another place. And then he founded Shibukawa Ichi-ryu jujutsu.
  One day Kuranoshin fighted to six Hiroshima domain clansmans to keep his honor in the Hiroshima castle town. But it was not hard for him to beat them off by Shibukawa Ichi-ryu technique. It happened that one Matsuyama domain clansman witnessed this fight and he recommended Matsuyama domain clansman in TEMPO 10(1839).
  After that Kuranoshin had started to teach Shibukawa Ichi-ryu in Matsuyama, Shikoku.
  After the Meiji Restoration, he often came back to Saka village, Aki county in Hiroshima Prefecture where his relatives lived in. And he passed Shibukawa Ichi -ryu on to Hiroshima disciple. In 1879, he died at the age of eighty-nine at Matsuyama.
  There are two graves of Shuto Kuranoshin at Saka town in Hiroshima and Hogon temple in Matsuyama.

  (2) After Shutou Kuranoshin

  After Shutou Kuranoshin's death, they stopped to teach in Matsuyama, Shikoku. But in Saka village, Aki county, Hiroshima Prefectur, Shibukawa Ichi-ryu Jujutsu became more and more prosperous. The dojo of Tomokichi Miyata was the most active in several dojo.
  Kurumaji Kunimatsu Kunimatsu was the most excellent among his pupils. And he made a dojo and taught jujutsu to his pupils. He was a bonesetter and was an acupuncturist.
  Une Shigemi was the most excellent among his pupils. And He was only one legitimate successor of Kurumaji Kunimatsu. He served a teacher until his master's death.
  Morimoto Kunio, the representative of Shibukawa Ich-ryu Jyujutsu, is the most excellent pupil of Une Shigemi. And he was initiated into all secrets of the Shibukawa Ich-ryu Jyujyutsub. He was appointed as a legitimate successor by his master, Une Shigemi. Mr. Morimoto also served Une Shigemi untill his death. The attendance to Une shigemi's funeral service was permitted only him and his pupils.
  Mr. Morimoto is recognized by the Association of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Kyokai) and the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai) as the legitimate successor to and head of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu jyujyutu. So, only his pupils can perform the katas of the Shibukawa Ichi-ryu jyujutu at Nippon Budokan and the Meiji Shrine. No other person is recognized as an official successor in Japan.
  Please refer to this page of the Association of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Kyokai:日本古武道協会).

A certificate of the legitimate successor to Une Shigemi Sensei, which was writen by Une Sensei and given to Mr.Morimoto

  (3) Origin of the name Shibukawa Ichi-ryu

Shibukawa Ichi-ryu jujutsu was based on the three school , Shibukawa-ryu, Namba Ippo-ryu and Asayama Ichiden-ryu by Shuto Kuranoshin. We heard “Shibukawa”of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu ment from Shibukawa-ryu , “Ichi” of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu ment from Namba Ippo-ryu and Asayama Ichiden-ryu. Therefore Shuto Kuranoshin named Shibukawa Ichi-ryu, it means Shibukawa Ippo Ichiden-ryu.

 3. Lineage

Founder Syuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki

Miyata Tomokichi Kunitsugu

Kurumaji Kunimatsu Masatsugu

Une Shigemi Tsuguaki

Morimoto Kunio Tsugutoki

Syuto Kuranoshin Mitsutoki
After the Meiji Restoration
Miyata Tomokichi(left)
Kurumaji Kunimatsu
Une Shigemi 
(The calligraphy was written by him)
Morimoto Kunio
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