Hepi Ryu Bojutsu

The Serpent School of Stick Fighting



Hepi Ryu means snake or serpent school. The snake or serpent is symbolic of the school’s techniques. Using the weapons of the Ryu to entangle and entrap the attacker many times with multiple locks to various parts of the body. In the advanced levels of training the practitioner uses a unique style of Jujutsu (unarmed combat), which is inspired by their Bojutsu training.


Junji Saito was the last remaining member of his family and head of its secret Hepi Ryu Bojutsu tradition. As he had no family member to inherit his teachings he passed them on to his top student, Mike DePasquale Sr. The school is now maintained by his top private students.

The Weapons of Hepi Ryu

The weapons training in Hepi Ryu consists of a Hanbo (3 foot stick), Cane, Keibo/Tanbo (Nightsticks), and Yubi Bo (finger sticks). Training begins with Hanbojutsu and leads into the Cane. After one is proficient in the unique striking, blocking and grappling methods associated with these weapons one moves into the smaller weapons of the Ryu, the Tanbo and Yubi Bo. There are five levels of training from Shodan to Godan in this system. Each Dan grade has its associated weapon and fundamentals to be mastered. The Cane is a specialty of the Ryu that is only introduced at the Godan level of training, and is not taught to everyone.



(Hepi Ryu On-Guard Postures)



(Mike DePasquale Sr. Performing Hepi Ryu Shodan Bo Kata)



(Mike DePasquale Sr. Performing Bo Kumite)



(Shodan Bo Kata - Example of Defense Against A Lapel Grab)



(Godan Bo Kata - Example of Defense Against A Rear Bear Hug)



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