Kogetsukai | Chicago Jodo & Naginata
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“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

– Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Kogetsukai the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月. Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

– Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Kogetsukai is the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月.  Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

“The way should be like the untouchable moon that is clearly seen reflected by the water.”

- Toga Jikkyo Kan Morimasa

Kogetsukai is the only group in Chicagoland to train ZNKR Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata and Tendo ryu naginatajutsu. Our study group uses the word Kogetsu which is derivative from the moon shining over Lake Michigan – Moon Lake 湖月. Our vision is to build a community of like minded individual’s who have a desire and dedication to study Japanese martial arts.

Nisshoku Jodo

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shindo Muso Ryu

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear. Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Nisshoku Jodo is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shindo Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                         Time                                 Location                                 Address

Sunday          2:00-3:45pm         Shinjinkai Dojo         (map)   

NISSHOKU JODO

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shindo Muso Ryu. 

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear.  Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Nisshoku Jodo is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shindo Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.d

Day                   Time                             Location                             Address

Sunday     2:00-3:45pm     Shinjinkai Dojo     (map)   

NISSHOKU JODO

Seitei (ZNKR)

We train in the Japanese art of Jodo, “the way of the stick”. The Jo is 128 cm in length, with a diameter of 2.4 cm of red or white oak. The art contains twelve forms (kata) and were developed in part by Shimizu Takaji and by a committee tasked with the creation of a compact Jodo system to be taught mainly in Kendo dojos. The result was the Zen Nihon Kendo Renmei Seitei Jodo system containing twelve kata and twelve basic techniques (kihon). These twelve kihon are trained both individually (tandoku dosa) and in pairs (sotai dosa), with the defender using the staff and the attacker using the sword. Both the basic techniques and forms are drawn primarily from the koryu martial art Shindo Muso Ryu. 

It is said that the jo could be used to strike like a sword, sweep like a naginata, thrust like a spear. Its two ends could be used, unlike the single point of a sword, and its ma-ai (fighting distance) could be varied according to the hand grip you take.  (Muromoto, Wayne. “Muso Gonnosuke and the Shinto Muso-ryu Jo.” Furyu 23 Feb. 2001)

Nisshoku Jodo is overseen by Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai. Boylan sensei holds the Kendo federation ranks of 5th dan in Jodo and 5th dan in Iaido (ZNKR), as well as Sho Mokuroku in Shindo Muso Ryu, and Jun Shihan in Shinto Hatakage Ryu Iai Heiho.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                              Time

Sunday       2:00-3:45pm

Location                                              Address

CHICAGO Naginata CLUB

Atarashii & Tendo Ryu

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajutsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

The Chicago Naginata Club is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                             Time                              Location                                             Address

Sunday              4:00-5:45pm        Shinjinkai Dojo                    (map)   

Wednesday      8:00-10:00pm     Metropolitan Brewing      (map)   

CHICAGO NAGINATA CLUB

Atarashii & Tendo Ryu

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajutsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

The Chicago Naginata Club is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                           Time                             Location                            Address 

Sunday             3:00-4:45pm       Shinjinkai Dojo     (map)   

Wednesday      8:00-10:00pm     Metropolitan Brewing      (map)   

CHICAGO NAGINATA CLUB

Atarashii & Tendo Ryu

We train in the art of the naginata, traditionally a pole arm that has a Japanese sword blade mounted on a long handle.

One of the styles we practice is the modern (gendai) form called Atarashii Naginata “new Naginata”. It employs the use of a bamboo and oak naginata for practice & competition. Majority of training is dedicated to Engi (forms) and shiai (matches) wearing armor (bogu). Bogu is not required until a certain level of proficiency is demonstrated. Atarashii Naginata is an art that can be enjoyed by men or women, from the youngest preschooler to the oldest senior citizen.

The second school is the classical (koryu) art of Tendo-Ryu naginatajutsu. Tendo-Ryu the “School of the Way to Heaven” dates back to the late 1500s. It uses the naginata, but also the practice of various other weapons: the long and short swords, both swords (nito-ryu), two kinds of daggers, the staff (representing the shaft of a broken naginata), and the Japanese sickle with a chain (kusarigama).

The Chicago Naginata Club is overseen by Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. Tanner sensei holds the United States Naginata federation ranks of 6th dan Renshi in Atarashii Naginata, as well as the lead Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu instructor in the Bitoku Kai.

Please contact us to schedule a visit.

Day                              Time

Sunday       4:00-5:45pm

Location                                              Address

Day                                       Time

Wednesday    8:00-10:00pm  

Location                                                                    Address

About Us

About Us

Jessica Wilson has trained in various martial arts over the past 20 years, and first started training naginata in 2007, under Youko Yamao Sensei at the Senshinkan in Osaka, Japan. Moving to Chicago for her PhD in movement science, Jessica went on a 10-year hiatus from training until she joined the Cambridge Naginata Club in 2018, attaning shodan (1st degree) with the East Coast Naginata Federation. 

Jessica has been blessed with many teachers throughout her journey, and trains primarily under Katie Roche Sensei of the Greater New York Naginata Federation, and Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. She hopes to further promote the study of naginata in Chicago and the surrounding midwest.

Jessica Wilson has trained in various martial arts over the past 20 years, and first started training naginata in 2007, under Youko Yamao Sensei at the Senshinkan in Osaka, Japan. Moving to Chicago for her PhD in movement science, Jessica went on a 10-year hiatus from training until she joined the Cambridge Naginata Club in 2018, attaning shodan (1st degree) with the East Coast Naginata Federation. 

Jessica has been blessed with many teachers throughout her journey, and trains primarily under Katie Roche Sensei of the Greater New York Naginata Federation, and Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. She hopes to further promote the study of naginata in Chicago and the surrounding midwest.

Jessica Wilson has trained in various martial arts over the past 20 years, and first started training naginata in 2007, under Youko Yamao Sensei at the Senshinkan in Osaka, Japan. Moving to Chicago for her PhD in movement science, Jessica went on a 10-year hiatus from training until she joined the Cambridge Naginata Club in 2018, attaning shodan (1st degree) with the East Coast Naginata Federation. 

Jessica has been blessed with many teachers throughout her journey, and trains primarily under Katie Roche Sensei of the Greater New York Naginata Federation, and Takami Tanner Sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation. She hopes to further promote the study of naginata in Chicago and the surrounding midwest.

Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over two decades. In 2006, he started training in Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo with Brian Pettet Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted oku-iri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai Ryu has a deep connection to Zen Buddhism so he sought zen practice at Daiyuzenji Rinzai temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the Jikishinkage Ryu.

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Bitokukai Tendo Ryu NaginatajutsuHe was also fortunate to become a jodo practitioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Ryuha (Assimilated Schools), Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is Assistant Teacher 1 level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under 2nd Associate Master / Instructor Margot Wang.

Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over two decades. In 2006, he started training in Meishi-ha Mugai ryu Iaihyodo with Brian Pettet Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted oku-iri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai Ryu has a deep connection to Zen Buddhism so he sought zen practice at Daiyuzenji Rinzai temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the JikishinKage Ryu. 

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Bitokukai Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu. He was also fortunate to become a jodo practitioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo of the (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Arts, Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is Assistant Teacher 1 level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under 2nd Associate Master / Instructor Margot Wang.

Laurence Kogetsu Smith has been training in several disciplines for over two decades. In 2006, he started training in Meishi-ha Mugai ryu Iaihyodo with Brian Pettet Sensei at Shinjinkai dojo. He is godan (5th degree) and has been granted oku-iri-sho from Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo. Traditionally, Mugai Ryu has a deep connection to Zen Buddhism so he sought zen practice at Daiyuzenji Rinzai temple. There is where he started training in the Hojo no kata, the four seasons of the Jikishinkage Ryu. 

In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Bitokukai Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu. He was also fortunate to become a jodo practitioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo of the (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Arts, Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is Assistant Teacher 1 level in the Ohara School of Ikebana under 2nd Associate Master / Instructor, Margot Wang.

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