Welcome to the Kaze Arashi Ryu main organization website. We represent the branch schools/clubs of the Kaze Arashi Ryu, teaching their traditional Japanese martial arts, or bujutsu, under the guidance of licensed (menkyo) instructors.
The system known today as Kaze Arashi Ryu (Wind Storm Tradition) is a tradition based on oral and written techniques transmitted by the previous head instructors of Kazemura Yama Arashi Ryu, Takichi Ono Nishiyama and Leonard Samuel Marshall. Nishiyama trained in Kazemura Yama Arashi Ryu and it was this tradition that was passed on to Leonard Samuel Marshall and Rene Barjaval. Leonard Samuel Marshall learned the art from the Nishiyama family and instructed Henri-Robert Vilaire directly, along with Rene Barjaval. The tradition is organized into several arts as follows:
• Atemi (striking techniques), boubisuru (parries), taisabaki (body movement and positioning), counters (sensen no sen, senzen no sen and gonosen), and Keiraku (use of meridians for ‘neutralization of body strength’)
• Seigyo (controls) and Gaeshi (reversals)
• Nage (throwing) and Otoshi (dropping)
• Ken (sword), Jo (staff), Obi waza (tying methods) and Tessen (fan)
• Ryuha (battle strategies) and Toate no jutsu (‘striking from a distance’)
In former times a practitioner was able to gain a teaching licence in each art separately and, indeed, several of the arts were passed down along separate lines.
In present times Kaze Arashi Ryu consists of a dedicated group of people of a varied age range and experience. We have all chosen a path of traditional instruction by committing to learn the knowledge of techniques, strategy, spiritual guidance and philosophy of Kazemura Yama Arashi Ryu. Even though we practice in a traditional manner the principles of the tradition are also used in a modern way against modern weapons and applications.
Our current instructors have a high level of knowledge and experience of Kaze Arashi Ryu as well as knowledge of other martial arts, but they have chosen Kaze Arashi Ryu because they feel they have found something special and want to pass on their knowledge to others.
We accept students of all ages, abilities and both sexes as the techniques of Kaze Arashi Ryu do not rely on strength or fitness but on principles to be utilized to weaken an opponent’s body.