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.

Operating as usual

04/08/2021

College Tennis Player Gets Chiropractic Adjustment Loud Crack For Hip Pain

A great therapist at work! The comments on his video... not so much. To put back together massage therapy with adjustment therapy you would be one step closer to understanding the scope of Anma therapy and Undo Ho.

Watch "Bartender Get's Chiropractic Adjustment For Low Back Pain" https://youtu.be/RkDwqL5-miUThis is a chiropractic adjustment loud crack video. To find a ...

04/05/2021

Remembering my first school of Anma (Japanese Massage) training. The gold standard of Shugi (handing skills) training and ethics! For the basic Anma course, Takashi Nakamura taught a full-body table sequence using over 25 different hand and arm techniques on over 140 Tsubo (acupoints). Nakamura Sensei taught this sequence in the way that he had been taught in Japan. He demonstrated a small portion of the sequence on each student, they then practiced on one another, and then each student demonstrated his or her ability to repeat that segment back on Nakamura Sensei. The entire sequence was taught this way, each piece building on the next. By teaching this form appropriate for a spa setting and modeling how the Anma forms were taught in Japan, Takashi Nakamura helped to further an understanding of the Anma tradition in the United States. Nakamura Sensei returned to Japan in 1981.

From 1991 through 1996 I attended the Anma Institute and graduated from various courses in Anma 按摩 (Traditional Japanese Massage). This training would mark the beginning of my life's work in the pursuit of authentic Anma training in Japan. The Anma Institute was originally setup by Takashi Nakamura, a Anma practitioner from the Kansai Shinkyu Tanki Daigaku 関西鍼灸短期大学 (School of Massage, Acupuncture and Moxibustion) in Osaka, Japan, to provide a local source of Anma therapists for the then only Japan sanctioned hot springs in the United States located in Japan Town San Francisco, California. The Anma Institute was located above the hot springs within the Kabuki Theater where we use to train. The first owner of the Anma Institute went on to create the first ever designed massage chair in the world where he taught how to utilize Anma techniques for "on-site" massage and provided wellness programs for various business and their employees.

Kabuki Springs and Spa Website:
http://www.kabukisprings.com

Development of Anma in the USA:
Traditional Anma was first formally introduced to the United States in 1971, with the opening of Kabuki Hot Springs in Japantown, San Francisco, California. Designed as a traditional Japanese spa, Kabuki Hot Springs employed sighted Anma practitioners who had been trained in Japan and brought to the United States to work in the new spa. By 1977, the owners of the Hot Springs wanted to develop a local source of qualified practitioners. They asked Takashi Nakamura, a Anma practitioner from the Kansai School of Massage in Osaka, Japan, to open a school in San Francisco. Although he taught Anma, the school was originally called the Kabuki Shiatsu School of Massage.

After the closing of the Anma Institute I created my own school "SOJHA" (School of Japanese Healing Arts) to preserve the original curriculum of the Anma Institute and to accurately represent the various authentic remaining traditions of Koho Anma which I study directly in Japan with my current teachers. The old way of Anma training and transmission from teacher to student should never be lost or changed!

03/29/2021

A very nice point is made here by the main headquarters in Japan for the art of Kotsuban Yumeiho. There is English along side the Japanese.

Yumeiho blog by Ozaki
https://yumeiho.jp/nocategory/the-body-is-moving-using-the-whole-body

yotsumedojo.com 03/06/2021

Ninpō Used in Daily Life - Yotsume Dojo

Ninpō Used in Daily Life
http://www.yotsumedojo.com/ninpo-used-in-daily-life/
Here is my ongoing translation work from chapter 5 of Hatsumi Sensei’s book: Ima Ninja いま忍者 (Contemporary Ninja) Ko no Chiteki Henshinjutsu この知的変身術 (Their Intelligent Art of Metamorphosis). Chapter 5 of this book contains various aspects of how to maintain your health in your daily life and recover from disease utilizing the natural methods of the Hichibuku Goshinjutsu 秘致武九護身術.

yotsumedojo.com Here is my ongoing translation work from chapter 5 of Hatsumi Sensei’s book: Ima Ninja いま忍者 (Contemporary Ninja) Ko no Chiteki Henshinjutsu この知的変身術 (Their Intelligent Art of Metamorphosis). Chapter 5 of this book contains various aspects of how to maintain your health in your...

yotsumedojo.com 03/03/2021

Juho Anma Hō (English Translation)

Here is my first ever English translation of the Juho Anma Hō 壽保按摩法 (Longevity Protection Massage Methods) from the Japanese medical manual: Idō Nichiyō Kōmoku 醫道日用綱目 (Outline of Daily Medical Practice) written by Hongō Masatoyo 本郷正豊 in 1709.

Link to my translation:
http://www.yotsumedojo.com/juho-anma-ho/

NOTE: If you wish to share my translation please do so by sharing this link. Do not copy my translation text to your own website without my express permission.

yotsumedojo.com First ever English translation of the Juho Anma Hō (Longevity Protection Massage Methods) from the Japanese medical manual: Idō Nichiyō Kōmoku (Outline of Daily Medical Practice).

02/23/2021

NOTE: My initial translations I'm posting in the comments below.
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I'm working on a first ever English translation of the nine techniques of Juho Anma Hō 壽保按摩法 (Anma Longevity Protection Methods). As I'm ready to publish the translation of each of the methods detailed here I will update this post.
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The Juho Anma Hō is a section from an old Japanese medical manuscript titled: Idō Nichiyō Kōmoku 醫道日用綱目 written by Hongō Masatoyo 本郷正豊 in 1709. This is the manuscript where the Juho Anma Hō 壽保按摩法 (Anma Longevity Protection Methods) are found that I am translating into English for the first time. This early manuscript was designed for the use by medical students who were going to become physicians. There are chapters on obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, massage, pharmacology (giving prescriptions), moxibustion, and acupuncture. There are a number of illustrations in this book such as a diagram showing the internal organs classified into the five Zo (spleen, heart, liver, lungs, kidneys) and the six Fu (colon or large intestine, small intestine, gall bladder, urinary bladder, stomach, abdominal cavity).
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The Juho Anma Hō section of this book details self-healing exercise methods for preventing and curing diseases. They are classified as forms of Kiko 気功 (Chi Gung). How to treat and care for each of your internal organs (Zofu) is covered as well as methods to ward off the six external evil influences from our environment that can enter into our system and cause many forms of dis-balance. Also, this manual explains how to treat and counter the "Goro Shichi Sho".
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GO RO SHICHI SHO (5 Over Exertions Cause 7 Spoiled Conditions):
1. Too much work damages the liver.
2. Too much focusing of the eyes, like reading, damages the circulation and the heart.
3. Too much sitting damages the muscles and causes spleen and pancreas trouble.
4. Too much standing damages the bones and produces kidney problems.
5. Too much laying down damages the Ki flow and causes lung problems.
(Two additions added in more modern times)
6. Too much eating and drinking damages the stomach.
7. Too much sexual activity damages the kidneys and overworks the heart.
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In the Juho Anma Hō section of this book it tells us that if we wish to live a full life we must take in good air, natural forms of nutrition, and perform natural forms of exercise that must be incorporated into our daily routine. This is how to protect our path in life.

12/26/2020

The Sports Physio

If 2020 was a spinal adjustment! 🤪

Spinal manipulation is a very safe trea... 😱😏😂

Anpuku (English Book Review) 11/25/2020

I highly suggest anyone serious about their study of both the arts of Anma or Shiatsu purchase this wonderful book produced by Philippe Vandenabeele. You can buy it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/4600005023/

You can break this book into four general parts:
1. General History
2. Keiraku and Tsubo related to the Abdomen Region
3. Translation of the abdominal related techniques from the Anma Tebiki
4. Full translation of the Anpuku Zukai

These two historical manuscripts are very important to the study of both Anma and Shiatsu. For the first time the author has done a nice job bring this information into the English language. The book has a beautiful layout.

The translation of this material is not the easiest to produce given the script they are originally written in. The author did a nice job. There are a few things I would of liked to have seen see included being my background is Koho Anma trained. Some of the technique titles I would of liked to have seen more fully translated a bit clearer for readers. Also, for anyone with correct Anma training in Japan we know very well how the naming process of techniques is categorized. Example 櫓盪の手 Rotō no Te (boat rowing). Anytime when you find the name of a technique in either of these manuscripts ending with "Te" this is short for the Kyokute Hō 曲手法 category of techniques within the art of Anma. Kyokute Hō techniques are not as straight forward to other massage techniques such as stroking methods. So if you do not have Kyokute Hō training from Anma often the interpretation of these historical techniques is off because people tend to turn them into light strokes and a number of them are not! "Te" 手 is just one example of this kind of shorthand used in the technique names within these manuscripts.

There are a couple of sections where the translation fell short from what is written in the manuscript and instead included more general interpretations or related information based on the subject's title.

Again, all in all this is one of those must have additions to your reference library for those trying to master the arts of Anma and Shiatsu. Now go buy it!

I highly suggest anyone serious about their study of both the arts of Anma or Shiatsu purchase this wonderful book produced by Philippe Vandenabeele. You can buy it on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/4600005023/

You can break this book into four general parts:
1. General History
2. Keiraku and Tsubo related to the Abdomen Region
3. Translation of the abdominal related techniques from the Anma Tebiki
4. Full translation of the Anpuku Zukai

These two historical manuscripts are very important to the study of both Anma and Shiatsu. For the first time the author has done a nice job bring this information into the English language. The book has a beautiful layout.

The translation of this material is not the easiest to produce given the script they are originally written in. The author did a nice job. There are a few things I would of liked to have seen see included being my background is Koho Anma trained. Some of the technique titles I would of liked to have seen more fully translated a bit clearer for readers. Also, for anyone with correct Anma training in Japan we know very well how the naming process of techniques is categorized. Example 櫓盪の手 Rotō no Te (boat rowing). Anytime when you find the name of a technique in either of these manuscripts ending with "Te" this is short for the Kyokute Hō 曲手法 category of techniques within the art of Anma. Kyokute Hō techniques are not as straight forward to other massage techniques such as stroking methods. So if you do not have Kyokute Hō training from Anma often the interpretation of these historical techniques is off because people tend to turn them into light strokes and a number of them are not! "Te" 手 is just one example of this kind of shorthand used in the technique names within these manuscripts.

There are a couple of sections where the translation fell short from what is written in the manuscript and instead included more general interpretations or related information based on the subject's title.

Again, all in all this is one of those must have additions to your reference library for those trying to master the arts of Anma and Shiatsu. Now go buy it!

10/06/2020

The headquarters of Yumeiho Therapy in Japan has a newer website and blog. There is a "general" timeline of the formation and development of Kotsuban Yumeiho at this link on their website: https://yumeiho.jp/about

They omitted for whatever reasons my teacher Saionji Sensei's visit to Arizona in the USA in 1999 where we first met and he began to train me directly and later on in Japan. Might not be important to them but it was a huge life event for me! A relationship I kept till my teacher's untimely death in 2005. It is easier for Yumeiho Therapy to spread in other countries due to the massage law restrictions here in the United States.

Yumeiho Guidebook "Preface" and the First Ever English Translation - Back in November of 2018 I posted the start of my English translation work of an important writing by my teacher which was included in the main training guidebook as a preface. This particular article was not published in any of his other works and never released in English. I had contacted the Yumeiho headquarter asking for permission to continue this work... Two years later they have now gotten around to releasing a translation of this important article. The first of three parts is now posted on their blog here: https://yumeiho.jp/seminar/湧命法テキスト序文-the-preface-of-the-yumeiho-text-1-3

The announcement of my original Japanese to English translation work back in 2018 of this important preface is here: https://www.facebook.com/SOJHASchool/posts/1942355592466661

I'm sure the Yumeiho headquarters will decide to do a better job then simply rely on Google translate for their English translation...

09/20/2020

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

09/19/2020

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

09/16/2020

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)

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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