Tenshin Ryu Lineage

Ogawa Kinnusuke 10th Dan Master

Ogawa Kinnosuke was a legendary 10th dan swordmaster , and was one of only four masters of martial arts to be granted the "Shijohosho".

An award given for outstanding achievement by the emperor of japan. Other masters to receive this honour at this time were Seiji Mochida, a master of Kendo  and kyuzo mifune, a master of Judo.

Morihei Ueshiba , the great master of Aikido also was awarded the same honour further on in time.  In 1933 at the Butokukwai in Kyoto , Japan, Ogawa Sensei began teaching  swordsmanship to a young Dan grade by the name of Abbe Kenshiro.

 

Abbe Kenshiro 8th Dan Founder of Kyu Shin Budo

Abbe Sensei had been instructed in the discipline of Kendo since the age of three and by the time he reached the age of seventeen , had already attained 4th Dan in Judo. a year later he became Japan's youngest ever 5th Dan. whilst training at the Butokukwai, he started researching an absolete ancient japanese religious philososphy known as "Kyushindo". this may be interpreted as-

"KYU"  - to desire or to have a deep yearning to search after something.

"Shin"  - heart, mind, spirit, - the true and fundamental nature as opposed to the superficial apperance.

"Do"     - a way or path , a far reaching and inclusive direction.

The elementary perspective of this translation may be considered to be "the way of longing for knowledge of the fundermental nature of all things". This philosophy therefore can be considered as not just a theoretical application with relevance limited to martial arts, but to life in its entirety.

After experiencing Satori (enlightenment) at the age of 18, Abbe Sensei developed a new style of Judo, and two years later he became Grand Champion. he was awarded 6th Dan Judo and 3rd Dan Kendo at the age of 23. It was at this time that he was selected to become a student of Morihei Ueshiba with whom he remained for the next ten years whilst perfecting his arts and the principles of Kyushindo.

At the age of 40 Abbe Sensei was a master of Judo, Kendo, Iaido and Jukendo as well as several other traditional martial disciplines. In 1955 Abbe Sensei was the japanese master who brought these arts to the United Kingdon. here he met and began to teach Kyushin Budo to Otani Tomio, the first born son to Masutaro Otani 7th Dan Judo Master. Otani Tomio Sensei was no new comer to martial arts and had been training since childhood. With Abbe Sensei's guidance he was to become a Master Budoka.

Otani Tomio Sensei Master Budoka

Born in 1939 Otani Tomio was the first born son of the well known Butoku Otani Masataro, from a very early age Tomio was exposed to Martial arts and some of the great Masters of the 20th century. In 1955 Abbé Sensei arrived in Britain and stayed at the Otani home, Tomio now 16 started to train with Abbé Sensei in Judo, Aikido , Iaido, and Kendo , Tomio studied the way of the Samurai in great detail , learning the Buddhist scriptures and the writings of past warriors, in 1960 Tomio became National coach to the British Kendo council, He was graded 2nd Dan Budo a year later. Otani Sensei never spoke of grades he had aquired, but sources say he was graded to 5th Dan Budo before Abbe Sensei returned to Japan. Otani Sensei was in the Territorial Army ( Parachute Regiment ) and stories of him jumping from a plane with his Katana on his back are often spoken of by his students, friends and family.

From the early Seventies Otani Sensei worked seriously developing Abbe's work on Kyu Shin Do and establishing its place both in the Dojo and everyday life. During this period he trained only two or three students at a time at the house in Whyteleafe in Surrey that he shared with Yoga teacher Jane. In 1980 Otani Sensei was asked by Tudor Box Sensei, a student of Masutaro Otani and Abbe Sensei, to present a demonstration of his art at the Judo school in Carshalton. Otani Sensei presented a display of Iaido which demonstrated an unrivalled purity, ease of movement, accuracy and power. Both Mike Selvey and Tudor Box started traing the following week with Otani Sensei. Along with Martial Arts training, Otani Sensei taught the mental aspects of Kyushindo. Classes also contained discussion on eastern philosophy, religion and the human condition.

Otani Sensei was also an accomplished artist, stategist and taught unusual aspects of Martial Arts such as Ho jo jutsu ( The art of binding an opponent during battle ) In early 1980 saw the opening of the Yamabushi Yodokan. the name reflected the Judo club that had been previously run: the name "Yodokan was added by Otani Sensei. The meaning can be expressed as "Y0", meaning essential, but also the pin which holds the Japanese fan together, "Do", the path or way and "Kan", meaning hall. In 1981 the Yodokan found a full time Dojo above shops in Brockley, South London. The benefit of lengthened training sessions, allied to the superb facilities presented the makings of a first class Dojo. Sensei Box taught during the day and Mike Selvey during the evenings. Otani Sensei would be there to oversee training and instruct the advanced students.

At the begining of 1990 Otani Sensei's health started to deteriorate, he had suffered in the past with gastric problems that had culminated in surgery and with this reccurance, Stomache cancer was diagnosed. Sadly Otani Sensei died on the 6th June 1991, leaving behind hundreds of students with a variety of skills

Shihan Mike Selvey Chief instructor of Tenshin Ryu

Kyoshi 6th Dan Budo

Iai , Kendo, Kenjutsu, Aikijutsu, Judo, Kobudo 

 

Born in 1956 I started training in Judo in 1974. Attaining Shodan in 1980, in 1980 I also was introduced to Otani Tomio Sensei, I asked Otani Sensei to teach me the way of the Samurai. Thus became the start of the journey that took me around the world learning and teaching the way of the Warrior, The journey started at the small house in Whyteleafe Surrey where Otani Sensei lived with his partner Jane a Yoga teacher, I spent a great deal of time there learning Iaido, Aikijutsu, kendo, Japanese history and art.

In 1981 Otani Sensei graded me Nidan Budo, we then opened the first Yodokan in Brockley south London, I began teaching and learning there most evenings, In 1983 Otani Sensei graded me Sandan Budo and decided it was time for me to start my own Dojo, from there I began teaching at Hanshi Tudor Box's Dojo and Kancho Alf Bates Tokushima Budo council dojo in Kent , the first Tsunami Dojo opened in 1998, Kancho Bates graded me Yondan and Godan.

Hanshi Box graded me Rokudan Budo In 2004 it was then I opened Tsunami Yodokan and joined DNBKID. I have travelled around the world studying and teaching my art. In 2010 I was awarded Shihan, and in 2012 Rokudan and later Kyoshi by Hamada Hanshi in Kyoto Japan.

I am proud to say now there are 6 other Yodokan Dojo run by instructors I have had the honour of teaching and so the path of tenshin continues.

Sensei Stuart Knight 3rd Dan Doshi

In my teens I trained in ishynryu Karate for a few years along side my twin sister Sarah Knight .  it wasnt until 2008 that I met Shihan Selvey at a seminar in london, and after a just a few minutes of watching his skill in the arts I knew that I had to become one of his students. So began my journey into the Tenshin Ryu style, I travelled to croydon to train and learn under his tutelage.

Within a few years I was asked to help teach at the Tsunami Yodokan Dojo. Not long after that, at the start of 2011 I became a  regular instructor there. Tsunami Dojo has been at a few diferent venues over the years and I have been fortunate enough to teach at all of them from Shirley to Sidcup to Central Croydon to Addington. At my old address in Rayleigh, I had a Dojo on my property, it was there that I also taught and helped a number of diferent students to learn our Tenshin Ryu style of Budo. I was awarded Shodan Budo by Shihan Selvey in january 2011. Since then I have travelled around the UK and internationally with Shihan Selvey teaching at a multitude of different events,  seminars and locations, also performing demonstrations of our diciplines in the UK and Internationally.

In the end of march and begining of april 2012 I was lucky to be a part of the team that competed in Kyoto Japan, bringing back individual awards and also team awards. At the same event i was awarded Shodan Iaido by The Dai Nippon Butoku Kai. Recently In 2019 i was awarded 3rd Dan budo and the title Doshi by Shihan Selvey and in 2020 awarded 3rd dan Iaido by the D.N.B.K. 

Hanshi Otani Tomio, Shihan Mike Selvey and Hanshi Tudor Box

Hanshi Tudor Box

Francis Tudor Box was born in Ystradgynlais South Wales in 1929, the family moved to London when Tudor (as he liked to be called) was 9 or 10. His father was an air raid warden during the second world war, and Tudor used to tell stories of running wild around the bomb sites of london after an air raid. (he told people, that his Dad used to tell him to stay outside the air raid shelter and to tell them when the bombers had gone, another one of his joke's). Tudor joined the regular Army in 1949 , from there he went onto the Parachute Regiment and finally the Special Air Service, becuase of the nature of this position dates and details have been withheld, what we do know is he served in Korea and Burma.

Sensei Box left the service in 1963 when he became a HGV driver, he drove tanker lorries around europe and the uk, his coworkers knew him as Mick, something that was never explained. Although Sensei Box trained in martial arts in the SAS, he did not start training in clubs until 1968. When he trained in judo, jujutsu and karate under many well known Masters including Masuturo Otani and Kenshiro Abbe. One of the venues Sensei Box trained at was the famous "hut", where Masuturo Otani School of Judo and where the british Judo Council were founded....

Sensei Box was graded 1st Dan by Masuturo Otani in june 1976, at this time he was teaching Judo in Sutton, his schools were a great sucess and his students which included his Son Michael and Daughter Sarah took many medals nationally and internationally. In 1979 Sensei Box started training with Matsuturo Otani's son, Tomio, who was a budo master that Tudor had known and admired for some time. Now Sensei Box tuaght and trained in Judo, Jujutsu, Aikido, Iaido , Kobudo, philosophy and numerous conected arts, the only art Sensei Box did not learn out of choice, was Kendo. He said he did not like the feeling of being enclosed , that you get from wearing kendo armour.

Otani Tomio Sensei graded Sensei Box to 3rd Dan Renshi Budo in 1981, it was at this time that Otani Sensei opened the Yamabushi Yodokan in Brockley London, this was a full time dojo where Sensei Box taught most days. It was in this Dojo in 1983 where he was graded to 4th Dan budo by Otani Sensei. shortly after this the Yodokans broke up and Sensei Box went back to teaching budo at his own schools in sutton and surounding areas. Sensei Box was graded 8th Dan Hanshi in 2004 by Alfred Bates Kancho. unfortunately Sensei Box passed away on 16th february 2005.

Credit and Thanks to shihan Selvey for all the experiences shared here and words written.