Dr. Chikatoshi Someya
Introduction to Meifu Shinkage-ryû
The founder of Meifu Shinkage-ryû, Dr. Chikatoshi Someya studied the skills of Katori Shinto-ryû. Someya-Sensei has always been particularly interested in the use of shuriken. After a few years of learning Katori Shinto-ryû, he started to learn skills using Bo-shuriken. During his training, Someya-Sensei made various improvements and modifications for using the shuriken-jutsu skills of Katori Shinto-ryû.
Besides a skilled user of Shuriken, Someya-Sensei was a shuriken researcher, having investigated various techniques and types of blades used in other Shuriken schools. Some of his research looked at how to make shuriken fly long distance without becoming unstable. He determined that the length of the Shuriken was related to a steady flight. Therefore, Someya-Sensei constructed Shuriken of different lengths, for which he recorded how they flew, the stability, as well as the distance.
Through his research, Someya-Sensei determined that certain lengths and widths were very effective. This information assisted him in constructing Bo-Shuriken as they are used in Meifu SHinkage-ryû today.
In the 1970’s, Someya-Sensei established Meifu Shinkage- ryû and started to teach his skills and research knowledge to others. One of his students was Yasuyuki Otsuka. When Someya-Sensei passed away in June 1999, Yasuyuki Otsuka succeeded Someya as Grand Master of the school. Otsuka-Sensei had been a devoted student of Someya-Sensei since 1985, and continued to devote his life to the further development of Meifu Shinkage-ryû. In 2009, the Someya family granted Otsuka-Sensei the title of “Soke”, which means Head of the Family.