Rakkenhō 楽健法 is one of the easiest ways to purify the body, restore the body’s energy flow, heal diseases caused by spiritual poison, and recover from accumulated fatigue. Rakkenhō was created by Yamauchi Yūgen 山内宥厳, a priest from the Shingon Esoteric Buddhist tradition. He was also a master baker, artist, writer, and teacher of life. Yamauchi Sensei lived at the Tōkōji Temple 東光寺 in Nara, Japan, where he ran his Rakkenhō Headquarters Dojo and taught many people.
School for Japanese Martial Arts and Healing Arts
The Yotsume Dojo and SOJHA (School of Japanese Healing Arts) are both my schools for Japanese martial arts and various bodywork arts such as Koho Anma, Sokushindo, Kotsuban Yumeiho (Seitai), and Anpuku. My martial school and private clinic are located in Fountain Hills, Arizona
Forging (by heating yourself in a fire) a clear road ahead is found! Let us never forget that the focal point in a Japanese Dojo is the “Kagami” mirror. We must train to keep our mirror clean so we can reflect well. This term can be broken also into three characters of Ka, Ga, and Mi. This is at the very “heart” of why we train!
SOJHA "School of Japanese Healing Arts"
The School of Japanese Healing Arts (SOJHA) is my private school for teaching various courses for Japanese healing arts such as: Koho Anma (Traditional Japanese Massage), Sokushindo (Japanese Foot Reflexology), Kotsuban Yumeiho, and Anpuku Ryoho (Abdominal Therapy). My school and private clinic are located in beautiful Fountain Hills, Arizona. After teaching for many years at various western massage schools here in Arizona, years ago I had decided to open my own private school dedicated to the healing arts that I train in Japan. I teach students to focus on true skill development and mastery. How I learn in Japan is how I teach to my private students.
I will be posting soon about the various trainings and workshops you can arrange with me. Training always begins with the art of Anma, then moves to Anpuku therapy, and then into the art of Sokushindo. These three arts together with a balanced way a life, natural exercise methods, and natural food as medicine (Seishoku) help to secure recovery from various illnesses and maintain your functional health into old age.
I have begun to translate a nine-volume old document that was written by Tanemura Sensei when he was still a Bujinkan senior member. The title of the document is 武道秘巻 Budō Hikan (Martial Arts Secret Volume). There is not so much “new information” contained in the pages. However, the style of writing in certain sections has deep spiritual overtones that express some of the highest teachings that Hatsumi Sensei has always stressed. As the title suggests, this was a kind of “guidebook” for new students entering the dojo. This is a common practice when you train in Koryu (old arts) in Japan. Often, when you take a formal oath of entrance, you may receive an introductory overview in the form of a “Nyumon” entrance guidebook.
Often I think about the wonderful trainings I have had with Seno Sensei in the past. He was always very open and willing to correct my Taijutsu directly by allowing me to be his uke. Lord knows there is a lot of correction to be done! Here is an experience I will try to explain from being his uke during one class. It is not very easy to put it into words, so please bear with me.
I finally got to see a full copy of the Hichibuku Goshinjutsu Genri 秘致武九護身術原理 document written by Takamatsu Sensei. It is not a very large document but contains a number of important principles related to the application and practice of this treatment method.
This relatively small document is part of a larger manuscript: Tatara Hibun 蹈鞴秘文 of which I have only seen an outline for. The Hichibuku Goshinjutsu Genri document follows closely to Chapter 5 of Hatsumi Sensei’s book “Ima Ninja” which I have provided some translation of in English here: Ninpo Used in Daily Life.
Here you will find my English translation of the table of contents for Okuyama Ryuho, the founder of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu 八光流柔術 book: Kohō Shiatsu Chihō Gaku 皇法指圧治方学 (Imperial Finger Pressure Therapy Study). This book was designed as a student reference manual for those who were taking the training. The book details the philosophy, diagnostic methods, Koho Shiatsu therapy techniques, and explanations of the internal organs from both an eastern and western medical perspective. The manual also covers the Goshin Taiso (self-protection meridian regulating exercises) for checking the state of your own meridians and regulating their healthy flow.
My English translation of the table of contents for Okuyama Sensei’s book Shiatsu to Goshin no Hijutsu (Secret Art of Shiatsu and Self-Defense). This book details the deep link between Koho Shiatsu and self-defense.