1st Dan in TKD. Just starting Shobudo Jujitsu. Past dabbling in TSD, Hakko Ryu, etc.
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Any info about Kenshinsai Machida?
Is there any bographical material available on grandmaster Kenshinsai Machida of Japan who teaches the sword art of battojutsu and also aiki arts? My researches care of GOOGLE show some of the Western ninjutsu masters (Toribo, VanDonk, Bessler, possibly others) cross-training in battojutsu with Kenshinsai Machida.
But written materials are still forthcoming while my own curiosity burns today. Sensei informs that Machida is very reserved and that internet seaches would very likely be in vain. And so they have mostly been. Whoever has any biographical information on this particular master, I would be glad to read of it.
Unfortunately, details about Kenshinsai Soke are hard to come by. I have studied Enshin Itto-Ryu Battojutsu for several years now under Sensei Julio Toribio, but have never had the opportunity to travel to Japan to meet the man in person. I am considering writing a book on the history of the ryu, and plan to talk to Sensei Julio about how to get as much information as I can. However, I understand that Kenshinsai Soke is a very private person, and the last thing I want to do is offend him, so this project may be dead from the start. Nevertheless, if they authorize me to share anything with others, I'll try to post something here for the benefit of all.