martial arts master
29 years old, in Kumamoto
Kaku was born in Osaka in 1958. Among his ancestors, who were high-ranking
samurai and the founders of the famous T?gun-ry? school of Japanese
the Edo period(1603-1868), the great majority of daimyo(feudal lords)accepted
and in many cases fostered the T?gun-ry? tradition. It is interesting
to note that among 47 r?nin(masterless samurai)who took part in
the famous raid on daimyo Kira's residence（as told in Ch?shingura
story ,there were four samurais from T?gun-ry? school, including
the leader Kuranosuke Ouchi.
whose official name is Kouichi Kawasaki, is the seventeenth descendant
of the T?gun-ry? school (the founder being Kawasaki Kaginosuke Tokimori).
The fifth generation,Kawasaki Jir?day? Munekatsu,built and developed
a flourishing training hall for this particular martial art. Kaku's
family had been samurai until the Meiji Restoration in 1868, but
after like many other samurai families, made fundamental career
change. Some became bureaucrats or businessmen, but many of them
served as naval officers. When Japan was an ally of Great Britain,
Kaku's great-grand father took part in the Russo-Japanese War(1904-05)
as a naval officer in which Japan had a victory. Among his family
members are Admiral Toyoda Soemu, Commander-in-Chief of the Combined
Fleet, and Rear Admiral Kaku Tomeo, Captain of the aircraft carrier
battleship, Hiryu ,in the World War II.
20 years old, in Mt. Kouya
surprisingly, Kaku grew up in a permeated environment with the samurai
culture and began learning T?gun-ry? at the age of five−the mysteries
of the technique being handed down from father to son through the
generations. He is also a practitioner of other budo (traditional
martial arts) skills, such as Taisha-ry?-kenjutsu, Shind?mus?-ry?
j?jutsu,Imaeda-ry? bajutsu,Ritsugan-ry?-b?jutsu and Hokuha-sh?rin-
the University of Nara where he specialized in the study of Japanese
history, Kaku also made special studies of Aikido, and subsequently
traveled to teach Aikido at Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg and
Portugal, and at another time in Hawaii. Today, being a direct student
of Ueshiba Kissh?maru(the second d?shu),Kaku continues to practice
under the guidance of Ueshiba Moriteru,(the third and present d?shu)and
master Aikido Master, Takaoka Sadao.
his background, he takes an active interest in traditional martial
arts as an author and a commentator.
Copy of Licence master of Taisha-ryu
kenjutsu which shows that Kaku is the true successor.