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International Connections

Irie Kamon Irie Yasuhiro, Soke

Irie Yasuhiro, Sensei began his training in the Hakko Ryu JuJutsu under Shodai Soke, Ryuho Okuyama, the founder of the Hakko Ryu. In 1971 Irie, Sensei received the rank of Shihan (master) from the Hakko Ryu Hombu Dojo in Omiya, Japan. He was the head instructor under Okuyama Ryuho at the Hakko Ryu Hombu Dojo for many years as well as being responsible for teaching Nidai Soke, Ryuho Okuyama’s son. In 1977 Irie Sensei received the highest rank (“Sandaikichu”) in Hakko-Ryu Ju Jutsu and that same year received the honorary title of “Jodai” from Soke Ryuho Okuyama (“Jodai” is an old Japanse term that means “Castle Value,” “one that would replace the king”—such possessed great skill was trusted beyond measure).

In 1988 Irie, Sensei opened his KoKoDo Clinic where he teaches and practices acupuncture, bonesetting, moxa and shiatsu.

In 1995 Irie, Sensei founded KoKoDo Jujutsu. He is Shodai Soke of KoKoDo Jujutsu.

Machida Kamon Machida Kenshinsai, Soke

Machida Kenshinsai, Sensei, together with his son Machida Takeshi, Soshihan (master and successor), run The Enbukan World Organization in Nodashi, Japan. The Enbukan is a martial arts training organization which contains many different historical schools (ryuha). Kancho, as he likes to be called, is Soke of many of these schools and holds the rank of menkyo kaiden in those that he is not. The Enbukan schools are hereditary and were passed to Machida Kancho by his father. As a note of interest, Kancho’s father was a member of an elite samurai class that directly served the Tokugawa Shogunate, Japan’s last before the Meiji Restoration in 1868.

Machida Takeshi, Soshihan, trains, teaches, and functions as the senior instructor of the Enbukan and is dedicated to teaching and training in the traditional koryu methods of budo (martial way). The emphasis is to accurately pass on the realistic and practical traditions of budo.

Machida Kancho, is also a Shingon Priest and Machida Takeshi, Soshihan, is in training to that end as well.

KoKoDo Kamon Ivo Belmans, Sensei

Ivo Belmans, Sensei is the highest-ranking student in KoKoDo Jujutsu and is one of the founders of the KoKoDo Kyu Shin Ryu Kai, World Organization in Tessenderlo, Belgium.

Belmans, Sensei began his training in martial arts in 1979 practicing in many different styles. He was most attracted to a traditional style of jujutsu called Hakko Ryu Jujutsu. Here, he trained for many years making numerous trips to Japan. In the mid 1990’s, Belmans, Sensei became one of the first students in the newly founded KoKoDo Jujutsu. He received his master’s level of Shihan from Irie Soke and later, in 2000 his Menkyo Kaiden Shihan. In August 2006,  Irie, Soke awarded him the title of Kougyoku, “receiver of Soke’s Shin, Gi and Tai (Spirit, Technique and Movement). This is KoKoDo Jujutsu’s ultimate achievement.