Jinenkan

Jinenkan (in Japanese 自然舘) means “Hall of Nature”, reflecting an emphasis on natural movements and the strength found in nature and the environment. Jinenkan is one of three organizations teaching Takamatsu-den martial arts, The incumbent headmaster is Manaka (Fumio) Unsui.

The Jinenkan teaches taijutsu, bikenjutsu, bōjutsu, sojutsu, naginatajutsu, tantojutsu, tessenjutsu, juttejutsu, kusarigama, and more. All training is done strictly according to the Densho.

The Jinenkan was founded by Fumio Manaka (martial name “Unsui”) in 1996. The purpose of the oganization is to allow students to study the martial arts of old Japan freely and unhindered under his guidance. Unsui has 40 years of experience in the Japanese arts of Kobudo (old martial ways).

The Jinenkan offers instruction in Taijutsu (unarmed fighting skills), Bikenjutsu (sword arts), Yari (spear), Naginata (halberd), Tessen (iron fan), Jutte (truncheon), Kusari-fundo (weighted chain), Tantojutsu (knife), Bo, Hanbo, Jo (staff arts), and more.

The Jinenkan has training halls located across the United States, as well as in Europe and Japan. Instructors are at least the rank of Sandan (3rd degree) and are certified by the Honbu to teach.

The testing process is strict and everyone, regardless of rank or experience in other organizations, must start at the begining and work their way up. We are pleased with the slow steady growth of the Jinenkan and our ability to maintain quality in the instruction we offer our students.

Ryuha of the Jinenkan:

  • Koto Ryu
  • Gyokko Ryu
  • Takagi Yoshin Ryu
  • Kukishin Ryu
  • Shinden Fudo Ryu
  • Togakure Ryu
  • Jinen Ryu

Ranking: The current series of ranks in the Jinenkan are:

  • Mukyu
  • Sankyu (third grade green belt)
  • Nikyu (second grade purple belt)
  • Ikkyu (first grade brown belt)
  • Shodan (first degree black belt)
  • Nidan (second degree black belt)
  • Sandan (third degree black belt)
  • Yondan (fourth degree black belt)
  • Godan (fifth degree black belt)

Manaka Sensei allows authorized Dojo-cho’s (instructors) to have their own ranking system below Sankyu (third kyu) e.g. 6, 5, and 4 kyu-grades.