Katori Shinto

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Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu is considered to be the oldest documented Japanese martial art with uninterrupted history of descendants. It is proclaimed as national treasure by the Japanese government. Many Japanese ryu-ha are descended directly or are developed under the influence of Katori Shinto ryu.
In its curriculum, this ancient art contains techniques such as: iai jutsu (fast drawing and cutting with a sword), ken jutsu (fencing), bo jutsu (combat with a stick), naginata jutsu (combat with halberd), ju jutsu (barehanded combat), shuriken jutsu (aiming with blades), ninjutsu (spying), so jutsu (spear combat), sen jutsu (tactics), chikujo jutsu (strategy on the combat field) etc.
Even today, Katori Shinto ryu is conducted by the old rules and customs which were precisely instituted six hundred years ago by the founder of the art Iizasa Chosai Ienao. One of those ceremonies is the signing of the document for loyalty with one’s own blood (with a cut on the finger made by a knife). On that way originality of the techniques is maintained and the recommendations of the first soke (founder, chief) are strictly followed.
At this moment, Iizasa Yasusada is the twentieth soke of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujitsu, however, due to health issues, main instructor of the art is shihan Risuke Otake.
Today this respected school has affiliates in several countries, with representatives (shidosha) appointed directly by the Hombu Dojo in Narita-shi, Japan.
Macedonia is the only country in the region where Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu can be practiced, thanks to the devotion and the great love of Igor Dovezenski for Japanese martial arts.   

Daito ryu

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The dojo for classical Japanese martial arts „Daito ryu Macedonia – Koryu Dojo“ was founded in March, 2010, dedicated to the study of two traditional koryu schools: Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda-den).
The original intent of Igor Dovezenski was through training other classical Japanese arts to better understand the schools of Bujinkan. Through participation in seminars and contacting other masters that Daito ryu Aikijujutsu had impact on, he finally met the teacher Antonino Cherta, the only non-Japanese shihan for this old samurai art. Fascinated of his knowledge of the school, taught directly in the Hombu Dojo (Daitokan) in Abashiri (Japan), Dovezenski fell in love even more in Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and was immediately accepted for personal student of sensei Cherta.
After the return from the training for instructors in Italy, Igor Dovezenski first opens a section, which during the time grows into a dojo. In 2013, he successfully passes the master title (shodan) and gains the title shidoin (instructor) and shibu cho (leader of a filial) or a representative of Daito Kai for Macedonia. Later on, with a decision of the shihan Cherta, Dovezenski was delegated a task to organize the training and to be responsible for the work of all Daito ryu dojos that are going to start working on the territory of the Balkan Peninsula in the future. 
For now, Daito ryu Macedonia is the only dojo for Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda den) in whole Southeastern Europe. As equal member of the European Daito Organization (European Daito Kai), we maintain contacts regularly and organize seminars and intensive trainings with shihan Antonino Cherta.
In the European Daito Organization, Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda-den) are practiced in the same manner as they were practiced in Daitokan.
In the past, the schools were mandatory for the training of all samurai of the clan Aizu and the family Takeda. The thirty-sixth descendant (soke), Tokimune Takeda, wrote in his will the two ryu-ha to be taught jointly under the name Daito ryu Aikibudo.
Daito ryu is a complete martial art. Along the bare-hand combat, the students study other Japanese classical weapons: katana, kodachi, yari, bo, tesen, jutte, shuriken, etc. 
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The organization Bujinkan Dojo is founded in the seventies in the last century, by soke Masaaki Hatsumi, in honor of his teacher Toshitsugu Takamatsu.
It is an international organization located in the city Noda, in the province Chiba, Japan. Bujinkan dojo translated means „The courtyard of the divine warrior“ or „A place where the divine warrior trains“.
Nine traditional Japanese martial schools (ryu-ha) are taught in Bujinkan. Some of them have samurai roots, and some during the time were adopted and perfected by the legendary ninja warriors.
Transmitted from a generation to a generation, from father to son, from teacher to student, in 1972 Masaaki Hatsumi had inherited all nine schools, thanks to his teacher Takamatsu.
The nine arts, known as Takamatsu-den (the heritage of Takamatsu), have their own history and tradition. Each one of them has specific characteristics, techniques and tactics, as well as specific weapons.
Since the beginning, until 1996, the schools were practiced separately, but afterwards soke Masaaki Hatsumi starts teaching them under one common name – Budo Taijutsu. Since then, greater attention is given to the so called „feeling“ during the performance of the techniques or the adaptation of the kata at the moment of the attack itself (henka). Today, the new hybrid system is accepted widely by the members of the Bujinkan Dojo. But, a few of filiations of the organization, including Bujinkan Macedonia, keep to the „old way“ of studying the arts separately with all of their characteristics.
Sensei Masaaki Hatsumi is the heir of these nine schools:
– Togakure ryu Ninjutsu / 戸隠流忍術 34th Soke
– Gyokko ryu Koshijutsu/ 玉虎流骨指術 28th Soke
– Koto ryu Kopojutsu / 虎倒流骨法術 18th Soke
– Kukishinden ryu Happo Bikenjutsu / 九鬼神伝流八法秘剣術 28th Soke
– Shindenfudo ryu Happo Bikenjutsu / 神伝不動流打拳体術 26th Soke
– Takagiyoshin ryu Jutaijutsu / 高木揚心流柔体術 17th Soke
– Gikan ryu Kopojutsu / 義鑑流骨法術 15th Soke
– Gyokushin ryu Ninjutsu / 玉心流忍術 21th Soke
– Kumogakure ryu Ninjutsu / 雲隠流忍術 14th Soke


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Taiyou e no Michi is a non-commercial organization that is dedicated to the teachings of the traditional Japanese martial arts. It is founded in 1995, by Igor Dovezenski, the only Macedonian that carries several titles in different classical martial schools (ryu-ha). Since the founding, the organization is working uninterrupted and has training sessions for its members every day. 

The same year (2nd July, 1995), the first Ninjutsu dojo in the country – „Bujinkan Macedonia“ was opened within the organization. For now, that is the only acknowledged dojo* in our state by the chief of Bujinkan, soke Masaaki Hatsumi. 

„Bujinkan Macedonia“ even today is considered as one of the most dynamic clubs in Europe, with numerous and active memberships, that speak for the quality of knowledge that is gained in the dojo. 

In 2010, or fifteen years after the opening of „Bujinkan Macedonia“, „Daito ryu Macedonia – Koryu Dojo“ starts working within Taiyou e no Michi. Two Japanese martial schools are taught there: Daito ryu Aikijujutsu and Ono ha Itto ryu Kenjutsu (Takeda-den). This dojo is an equal member of the European Daito Organization (European Daito Kai), under the leadership of the only non-Japanese shihan for Daito ryu Aikibudo, Antonino Certa.

At the beginning of 2013, Igor Dovezenski becomes a student of shidosha Erik Louw, and several months later gives a blood oath (keppan) in front of the shihan of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu, Nobutoshi Otake. The same year, in September, with permission and under the guidance of shidosha Louw, „Katori Shinto ryu Macedonia“ starts working, the third dojo in Taiyou e no Michi.

Igor Dovezenski is the first the only Macedonian from the Republic of Macedonia for now that traveled to Japan with the purpose to train and study the traditional Japanese martial arts. During the stay, he had the opportunity to study directly from the founder of the Bujinkan Dojo – Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi, as well as from the legendary heir of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto ryu Bujutsu – shihan Risuke Otake. In addition, Dovezenski is the only Macedonian that trained Daito ryu Aikijujutsu in Japan, along with other classical martial arts that originate from the Land of The Rising Sun.

Without any intent for expansion or personal glory, followed purely by love for traditional Japanese martial arts, Igor Dovezenski creates the only organization in Macedonia where the most famous Japanese classical samurai and ninja styles of combat can be practiced.

The organization dedicated to the study of traditional Japanese martial arts Taiyou e no Michi, from the beginning until today, organized more than three hundred national and around thirty international seminars with participation of the most well-known world master for koryu. Besides the participation in several most respected intercontinental organizations, Taiyou e no Michi is open for collaboration and exchange of knowledge with all enthusiasts that share the common interest from the area of Japanese classical arts.

*dojo (道場) –  a place for perfecting the Path


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Организацијата за
традиционалните јапонски боречки вештини Пат кон Сонцето, во 2012 година го изгради првото традиционално јапонско доџо во Македонија, но и на Балканот.

Хомбу* Доџо-то е изградено во чиста еколошка средина, со сопствени средства, без никакви донации. За да го оствари својот сон, инструкторот Игор Довезенски купи земја во долината под планината Липац, на 62 километри одалеченост од Скопје и со помош на своето семејство, цигла по цигла, по сопствен нацрт и со сопствени раце, го изгради доџо-то
од темел.

При изградбата, употребени се материјали кои ги исполнуваат највисоките еколошки стандарди. Доџо-то се состои од 100 м2 површина за вежбање во приземјето (со татами) и 100
м2 за престој на првиот кат.

Во Хомбу Доџо-то, организацијата Пат кон Сонцето одржува редовни тренинзи за време на викендите, а во август во него се одржува надалеку познатиот Летен Нинџа Камп.

* Хомбу = седиште, стожер, главно