SOJHA School of Japanese Healing Arts

SOJHA (School of Japanese Healing Arts) and the Bujinkan Yotsume Dojo are my schools for Japanese martial arts and bodywork arts such as Koho Anma, Sokushindo, Kotsuban Yumeiho (Seitai), and Anpuku.

My school/clinic is located in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Mission: To provide training in Japanese bodywork arts and martial arts as taught to me by my teachers in Japan.

Operating as usual

Acupuncture Medicine by Dr. Yoshiaki Ōmura 大村恵昭
I can't recommend this book enough for the study of Japanese medical arts, correct Japanese medical terms, and historical Japanese medical works. So many books use incorrect terms or base them on Chinese terms. Not incorrect, but the problem is when you try and learn more by researching you can't find the right Japanese medical terms. This book helps with that huge problem. Dr. Omura is an amazing healer besides an amazing author. You would think that people trying to learn a Japanese art would try and learn the Japanese terms correctly but often that is not the case. In my apprentice trainings in Japan, this is one of my go to books that has greatly helped me with my medical studies.

You can purchase the book here:
https://www.amazon.com/Acupuncture-Medicine-Yoshiaki-Omura-1982-06-03/dp/B01FIWE7XA

More about Dr. Omura can be found on his website here: https://professoryoshiakiomuramd.wordpress.com/about/

[09/19/20]   Sugiyama-ryū Anma 杉山流按摩

SOJHA (School of Japanese Healing Arts) and the Yotsume Dojo are my schools for Japanese martial arts and bodywork arts such as Koho Anma, Sokushindo, Kotsuban Yumeiho (Seitai), and Anpuku. My school/clinic is located in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Visit my website at: www.yotsumedojo.com

I would like to explain about the secret family manuscript from the Yoshida-ryu titled: Yoshida-ryū Shinketsu Hō 吉田流鍼穴法 (Yoshida Style Acupoint Method). This secret manuscript (Kudensho 口伝書) explains/decodes their Kahi Shinketsu 家秘鍼穴 (Family Secret Acupoints) and explains their Keiraku Kogi 経絡考義 (thoughts on the meridians). Besides being one of the most important schools of Anma (Japanese massage) the Yoshida-ryu also has their own family styles of Shinkyū 鍼灸 (acupuncture and moxibustion). You had to study their style of Anma for 3 years before you were allowed to begin the study of Shinkyū. Which consisted of 7 more years of study.

BRIEF HISTORY:
Yoshida-ryu's style of acupuncture started in the Sengoku Jidai (Warring States period), flourished in the early Edo period, and continued until the Meiji period. The founder, Yoshida Ikkyū 吉田意休, was a priest of the Izumo Taisha Shrine. He went to Eiroku in 1558 to study acupuncture under Kyo Takushu for seven years.

The acupuncture style of Takushu was introduced to Japan by Ikkyū. This system was summarized in the secret manuscript: Kahi Shinketsu 家秘鍼穴 (Family Secret Acupoints) written by the founder Yoshida Ikkyū 吉田意休, with notes by Yoshida Kiyasu 吉田喜安, his son, and a supplement by Yoshida Kazusada 吉田一貞続攷, his grandson.

The Yoshida-ryu concealed their family style of acupuncture by creating unique acupoint names that were completely different from the usual point names. This is known as Yoshida-ryū Shinketsu Hō 吉田流鍼穴法. This secret family manuscript contains diagrams and text explaining 115 acupoints that are divided into three diagrams: front, back, and side. The secret acupoints are also vital to the application of the family's style of Anma which I have also written about for the first time in English.

Yoshida-ryu Jintai Kinketsu Zu 吉田流 人体禁穴図 (Yoshida-ryu Humna Body Forbidden Acupoint Charts)

[09/10/20]   Yoshida-ryū Anma 吉田流按摩

In the long history of Anma 按摩 in Japan, masters of the therapy would at times come together to pit their hand skills against one another. One such category of techniques often used for these challenges was Kyokute Hō 曲手法 (melodious or bending hand techniques). These are some of the most unique techniques to the Japanese schools of Anma. They are not found in any other therapy. Some schools of Anma had their own defining or signature methods of Kyokute.

Today I was able to learn a new Anma technique I had never seen before in all of my training in Japan. It comes from the Yoshida-ryū 吉田流 style of Anma. The technique is new to me but a very old method. It is a combination of a few techniques together. The base form is a percussion method (Koda Hō) combined together with a vibration method (Shinsen Hō). The name of the technique is: "Kenma Shinsen Hō" 拳摩振せ法 (fist rubbing vibration method). In this example, it is being used to send very fine vibrations into the skull to sooth the mind, relax the nerves, and to send fine waves into the brain. This special vibration method is then combined with a kind of magical spell and prayer that is unique to the Yoshida-ryū school of Anma. This is a form of "Jujutsu" 呪術. Not to be confused with the martial art that sounds the same. The teaching is to piggyback the spell on the physical vibrations created by the hand technique so they are both driven deep into the body and mind of the patient. A form of altered healing state is said to be created.

There is so much more to learn!

手足根本療法 Teashi Konpon Ryōhō - Therapy founder by Itō Jizaian 伊藤自在庵. I have many old manuscripts related to this kind of therapy because it's original source is from the art of Sokushindo of which I am a practitioner/teacher of. The section of notes here shows the teachings of the doctor: Kazumichi Shibata 柴田和通

The base teaching is the the large is mirrored in the small and that 10,000 illnesses begin in our feet.

I think that turkey looks well done! BURNT!
(photo taken from a popular "western massage" group.

This is a perfect example of what can happen when you allow weekend workshops, little to no follow up training, and then these "therapists" add a new art to their "toolbox". Really?!!! After a weekend of training? Everything I hate about the industry right here!

I once visited a big western massage school in PA where I got to speak to the owner and a number of their main instructors. Their main "Shiatsu" instructor was weekend trained and had just returned from a "Thai Massage" weekend seminar. The school was now adding "Thai" to their school's curriculum based on that one weekend seminar they sent their instructor to attend. What an utter disgrace and a joke!

There is almost no understanding of what it means to study an art for many years, apprentice under your teacher for many years, test your skills and real understanding, hone your skills and ability, and then make the art your own.

So many people want that graduation date. They want that diploma/certificate, and that job. They want to get paid for their work... of course! But so many schools/institutes/teachers make so many compromises and crank out "licensed" therapists with very low skills and understanding.

It really is the same old problem of: "quality" vs "quantity" that matters! This type of money gathering is what also erodes many martial arts schools and the quality of students produced.

A true master does not need 10,000 techniques but only 1! One needle or the tip of one finger! So maybe before you go run out and collect a new art in a weekend you look at what you have been taught and what you have missed, what you lack, what you don't understand, what you can't do...

In "shadow therapy" you can only go as high as you can low. You have to deal with your own shadows first before you can find the light hidden right there in plain sight.

Ryoho Shiatsu

To start off nicely on your summer holiday, here is a long and fascinating interview with Kazunori Sasaki Sensei, the master of Iokai Shiatsu in Europe. With 50 years of practice he was one of the closest collaborators of Shizuto Masunaga. Without dodging any question and speaking frankly, he talks to us about his memories, the people he met and his vision of Shiatsu. This testimony is all the more precious since he is generally discreet and speaks little to the media. A great Shiatsu master, no doubt about it!

I was invited by Mihael Mamychshvili to talk about the history of Anma and some of the training I've been fortunate to have. Join us today at 10am Arizona time on Zoom.

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Here is another old photo of my teacher Masayuki Saionji 宰園寺正幸, founder of Kotsuban Yūmeihō 骨盤湧命法 that I have restored to color.

Here is an old photo of my teacher Masayuki Saionji 宰園寺正幸, founder of Kotsuban Yūmeihō 骨盤湧命法 that I have restored to color.

Pictured here is master Ōno Shūichi (Hidekazu) 大野秀一. Teacher of my teacher Masayuki Saionji (founder of Kotsuban Yūmeihō). I have edited and restored this old black and white photo with color.

Ōno Shūichi 大野秀一 was a master of Seitai Hō 整体法. He founded his therapeutic procedures based on a long study of the Zhèng Tí Fǎ 证题法 rehabilitation techniques applied within Buddhist monasteries of China and within the famous Shao Lin monastery.

One of his more predominate students was Masayuki Saionji who created his own style of therapy called: Kotsuban Yūmeihō 骨盤湧命法 and it's special form of self-regulating exercises Jiko Yūmeihō Taisō 自己湧命法体操. The three major components of this therapy are:

1. Jushin Setsu 重心説 (Yu Sheng Long Chn.) Center of Gravity Balance Theory

2. Osatsu Hō 押擦法 Pressing and Stroking Methods

3. Kyosei Hō 矯正法 Structural Diagnosis and Realignment Adjustment Methods

(I am the only licensed American student of Masayuki Saionji in the USA.

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Thanks to Kitami Sensei for giving me the correct kanji for Ōno Shūichi 大野秀一. I'm already finding articles on Ōno Shūichi. I'm hoping to find more details about his life, work, and other photos of him.

少林拳法整复术 (武术与中医整合) - 大野秀一
Shàolínquán fǎ zhěng fù shù (wǔshù yǔ zhōngyī zhěnghé) - dàyě xiùyī
Shobayashi Kempo Seiki (Mr. Takeo Yonaka) - Ōno Shūichi

"Touching the sore parts of your body with your hands in order to obtain psychological comfort and pain relief is a human instinct since ancient times. It is also an instinct for the parents to immediately stroke or rub the sore area when the child falls and hurts."

"Shaolin Temple has a history of more than one thousand years. After the temple was built, the process of Shaolin martial arts practitioners seeking medical treatment after injury to the bones caused the integration of martial arts and traditional Chinese massage to derive the Shaolin boxing technique. Before World War II, Ōno Shūichi went to China to study and research in China, and then brought it back to Japan to spread."

Before Kotsuban Yumeiho was named there was: 建立五环五线骨膜压揉法

Recently I have read a number of not very accurate posts about the meridian system. I plan to post a series of articles about the full Keiraku 経絡 (100 meridians) system to help people understand better the scope of the system.

I'm currently adding in more terms and sub-systems so all in one place there is a reference to each system of pathways and their correct terms. So over the next couple of days I'll be updating my original post of this Part 1 introduction. Knowing the correct terms allows you to research on your own better.

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Functions of Meridians - PART 1
A Basic Introduction to Our Energetic Anatomy

Keiraku (Ching Lo in Chinese) 経絡 - Meridians, Channels, Pathways

1. Meridians are pathways for energy.

2. Meridian pathways are not nerves (Shinkei 神経).

3. The meridian system consists of 100 pathways and connections which are broken into two major sections: Kei 経 system and Raku 絡 system.

4. The Kei 経 system of meridians contains 32 pathways:
a. 12 organ meridians (Juni Keimyaku 十二経脈) that have both an external/surface Hyō 表 (Omote) and internal/deep Ri 裏 (Ura) portion,
b. 12 connection branch or network vessels (sometimes counted as 15: Jugo Rakumyaku 十五絡脈),
c. 8 extraordinary vessels (Kikei Hachimyaku 奇経八脈).

5. The remaining 68 meridians, Connecting Vessels (Betsuraku 別絡), Divergent Channels (Keibetsu 経別), Water Channels (Keisui 経水), and Channel Sinews (Keikin 経筋) comprise the Raku 絡 system.

6. The Raku 絡 meridians are very rarely known about. They are often not found in textbooks on the subject. One reason for this is that the Raku 絡 pathways are used to treat diseases we rarely see in modern times. Many modern schools do not include the Raku system in their teachings. Textbooks outside of China or Japan have almost no mention of the Raku system at all.

7. Today, meridian study and treatment mainly consists of 14 main pathways from the Kei system. The 12 organ meridians and 2 of the 8 extraordinary channels. This is why all the meridian names you will see end in "Kei". Examples: Shinkei (heart meridian), Bokokei (bladder meridian).

The 12 Organ Meridians (Juni Keimyaku 十二経脈)

1. Connect the body surface with the internal organs.

2. Serve as a two way communication network:
a. A message from the internal organ to the surface meridian.
b. Alert the interior when surface tension and stress are building up and threaten to move deeper inwards.

3. Act as a shock absorber:
a. Maintain homeostasis of the body.
b. Prevent unhealthy accumulation or stagnation of energy.

4. Act like an irrigation system where the meridians deliver energy to all parts of the body.

5. Symptoms along the meridian lines do not necessarily reflect an imbalance or illness in the associated internal organ.

6. Some meridian symptoms are strictly a surface phenomenon.

The Eight Extraordinary Vessels (Kikei Hachimyaku 奇経八脈)

These special pathways are linked to the 12 organ meridians (Juni Keimyaku). Only two of the eight have their own acupoints (Tsubo/Ketsu), the Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel. The other six share points with the 12 organ meridians.

1. They act as reservoirs of Ki energy & blood for the 12 organ meridians. Filling and emptying energy as needed to maintain a proper amount of Ki in any particular organ meridian. This meridian regulation happens naturally in two day cycles.

2. They circulate Sei (Jing) Kidney Essence around the body because of their close connection to the Kidneys which house the Jing.

3. They help circulate the Weichi (Defensive Energy) over the trunk of the body and play an important role in maintaining health.

4. They provide further connection between the 12 major organ meridians.

There are 365 points found on the meridians bilaterally on the body known as Keiketsu 経穴. There are many more points off the meridians known as Kiketsu 奇穴.

Katsusuke Serizawa 芹澤勝助

I would like to introduce Serizawa Sensei here. He played a huge rule in the development of Anma and Shiatsu in Japan. At one point, Namikoshi met with Serizawa Sensei where Seirizawa Sensei tried to explain the original and old way of pressure methods verse what Namikoshi had been teaching in his Shiatsu style, to make corrections to his pressure theory.

Katsusuke Serizawa 芹澤勝助 (1915 – 1998)

OVERVIEW:
Serizawa Sensei was an important and highly decorated Japanese doctor furthering the development of Anma and Shiatsu in Japan. He was trained and licensed as a Shinkyūshi 鍼灸師 (acupuncturist and moxibustion therapist). He was also a master of Anma 按摩 manual therapy and massage. Serizawa Sensei was a lecturer and professor at two universities where he performed extensive research in the field of manual therapy. Serizawa Sensei founded his own institute dedicated to the further development of Anma, Shiatsu, and other manual therapies called: Nihon Shugi Ryōhō Gakkai 日本手技療法学会 (Japanese Society for Manual Therapy). He authored many famous research papers and books on Japanese medicine and manual therapy. Only a few of his books were published in English:

• Clinical Acupuncture: A Practical Japanese Approach
• Tsubo: Vital Points for Oriental Therapy
• Effective Tsubo Therapy: Simple and Natural Relief Without Drugs
• Massage: The Oriental Method

TIMELINE:
• 1939 - He graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy at the Kokuritsu Tōkyō Mōgakkō 国立東京盲学校 (National Tokyo School for the Blind) in Tsukuba.
• 1951 - He became a lecturer at the Tokyo Kyoiku Daigaku 東京教育大学 (Tokyo University of Education) and for 10 years performed extensive research and physiological study of forms of Butsuri Ryōhō 物理療法 (physical therapy).
• 1955 - For 6 years he engaged in clinical medicine research on physical therapy as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, School of Medicine.
• 1961 - Serizawa Sensei becomes the first acupuncturist to obtain a medical doctorate for medical research on Keiraku Keiketsu 経絡経穴 (meridians and acu-points).
• 1964 - He becomes a professor at Tokyo University of Education (Tōkyō Kyōiku Daigaku 東京教育大学.
• 1977 - He becomes a professor at the Tsukuba Daigaku 筑波大学 (University of Tsukuba).
• 1079 - He receives the esteemed title of Meiyo Kyōju 名誉教授 (honored professor) at the University of Tsukuba.
• 1980 - He founded the Tōyō Igaku Gijutsu Kyōiku Shinkō Zaidan 東洋医学技術教育振興財団 (Oriental Medical Technology Education Foundation) and in 1983 he became president of the foundation.
• 1985 - Received the first “Medal with Purple Ribbon” in Oriental Medicine issued by the emperor of Japan.
• 1988 - He founded the Nihon Shugi Ryōhō Gakkai 日本手技療法学会 (Japanese Society for Manual Therapy) and became its chairman.
• 1990 - He received the prestigious award Kunsantō Kyokujitsu Chūjushō 勲三等旭日中綬章 Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan. There are 8 levels of this award.

I would like to introduce Serizawa Sensei here. He played a huge rule in the development of Anma and Shiatsu in Japan. At one point, Namikoshi met with Serizawa Sensei where Seirizawa Sensei tried to explain the original and old way of pressure methods verse what Namikoshi had been teaching in his Shiatsu style, to make corrections to his pressure theory.

Katsusuke Serizawa 芹澤勝助 (1915 – 1998)

OVERVIEW:
Serizawa Sensei was an important and highly decorated Japanese doctor furthering the development of Anma and Shiatsu in Japan. He was trained and licensed as a Shinkyūshi 鍼灸師 (acupuncturist and moxibustion therapist). He was also a master of Anma 按摩 manual therapy and massage. Serizawa Sensei was a lecturer and professor at two universities where he performed extensive research in the field of manual therapy. Serizawa Sensei founded his own institute dedicated to the further development of Anma, Shiatsu, and other manual therapies called: Nihon Shugi Ryōhō Gakkai 日本手技療法学会 (Japanese Society for Manual Therapy). He authored many famous research papers and books on Japanese medicine and manual therapy. Only a few of his books were published in English:

• Clinical Acupuncture: A Practical Japanese Approach
• Tsubo: Vital Points for Oriental Therapy
• Effective Tsubo Therapy: Simple and Natural Relief Without Drugs
• Massage: The Oriental Method

TIMELINE:
• 1939 - He graduated from the Department of Physical Therapy at the Kokuritsu Tōkyō Mōgakkō 国立東京盲学校 (National Tokyo School for the Blind) in Tsukuba.
• 1951 - He became a lecturer at the Tokyo Kyoiku Daigaku 東京教育大学 (Tokyo University of Education) and for 10 years performed extensive research and physiological study of forms of Butsuri Ryōhō 物理療法 (physical therapy).
• 1955 - For 6 years he engaged in clinical medicine research on physical therapy as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo, School of Medicine.
• 1961 - Serizawa Sensei becomes the first acupuncturist to obtain a medical doctorate for medical research on Keiraku Keiketsu 経絡経穴 (meridians and acu-points).
• 1964 - He becomes a professor at Tokyo University of Education (Tōkyō Kyōiku Daigaku 東京教育大学.
• 1977 - He becomes a professor at the Tsukuba Daigaku 筑波大学 (University of Tsukuba).
• 1079 - He receives the esteemed title of Meiyo Kyōju 名誉教授 (honored professor) at the University of Tsukuba.
• 1980 - He founded the Tōyō Igaku Gijutsu Kyōiku Shinkō Zaidan 東洋医学技術教育振興財団 (Oriental Medical Technology Education Foundation) and in 1983 he became president of the foundation.
• 1985 - Received the first “Medal with Purple Ribbon” in Oriental Medicine issued by the emperor of Japan.
• 1988 - He founded the Nihon Shugi Ryōhō Gakkai 日本手技療法学会 (Japanese Society for Manual Therapy) and became its chairman.
• 1990 - He received the prestigious award Kunsantō Kyokujitsu Chūjushō 勲三等旭日中綬章 Order of the Rising Sun 3rd Class, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan. There are 8 levels of this award.

About SOJHA

SOJHA (School of Japanese Healing Arts) and the Bujinkan Yotsume Dojo are my schools for Japanese martial arts and Japanese bodywork arts such as Koho Anma, Sokushindo, Kotsuban Yumeiho (Seitai), and Anpuku. My school and private clinic are located in Fountain Hills, Arizona. How I am trained in Japan, is how I teach here in the United States.

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