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The History of Successors  
of Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu 

Founder

Futagami Hannosuke Masanori

A samurai of Bungo-Takeda. Mastered Jujutsu of Takenouchi-ryu, founding his own school called Futaga-ryu. After mastering many of the principles of other schools and spending 37 days on the Yoshino Mountain practicing and studying the theory of Jujutsu, he founded his own system and named it Sosuishitsu-ryu (Sosuishi-ryu) after the pure flowing waters of the Yoshino Rivers

1650

First

Matahichi Shitama

 

Second

Seijiro Noritada Tashiro

November 14, 1666

Third

Shinjiro Munetoku Shitama 
(Grandson of Matahichi)

April 15, 1683

Fourth

Kibei Muneichi Shitama 
(First son of Munetoku)

August 22, 1697

Fifth

Yahei Munekatsu Ono

May 7, 1718

Sixth

Sakugoro Munekane Shitama 
(Second son of Munetoku)

January 27, 1725

Seventh

Kyuzaemon Tadanao Enomoto

October 5, 1730

Eighth

Hichiro Munemasu Shitama

September 15, 1739

Ninth

Kujuro Munenao Usuki 
(Third son of Munemasu)

September 13, 1774

Tenth

Shinjiro Munetsuna Shitama

January 13, 1818

Eleventh

Yagoro Munetsuna Shitama

November 18, 1833

Twelfth

Shingo Munetsugu Shitama

Learned Jujutsu from Munetsuna and became his son-in-law. When he was an instructor of Monbukan he founded a school and named it Serensha. In 1868, he began the senbondori (test of 1000 points)
 

May 7, 1861

Thirteenth

Bota Munetsuna Shitama

In 1880, he opened a new school at Uonomachi and named it "Serensha" after his son-in-law's school, after he was killed in battle "Seinan-no-eki". In 1896, he moved the Dojo to Kanayashoji. In 1897 he died at the age of 83.
 

 

Fourteenth

Kibei Masanori Aoyogi

After his instructor's death he managed the school and instructed the students. Attended meeting in 1905 to formulate Kodokan Judo. August of 1911, he changed the school's name to "Sekiryukan" and started it as a Judo Dojo. Jujutsu was preserved in the form of kata. August 25, 1929 he died at the age  of 59.
 

 

Fifteenth

Shusaku (Shuzu) Shitama 
(Adopted son of Munetsuna)

Inherited system in 1925. In 1930 he graduated from the Judo Department of the Butokukai in Kyoto. First of the Shitamas to teach Non-Japanese. Created the Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu Kai in1963, of which he was the President. He died March 31, 1966.
 

 

Sixteenth

Manzo Munetoshi Shitama 
(Third son of Shusaku)

Inherited system upon the death of his father. Holds grades in Kodokan Judo and Aikido. First of the Shitamas to visit the United States, in November of 1995. He  has visited several times since. In March of 2004, Shitama Sensei conducted the first senbondori (test of 1000 points) outside of the Sekiryukan when he personally sanctioned the event at the New York Seibukan. He was accompanied by 15 members of the Seikiryukan. He reinstated the teaching of Jujutsu waza in addition to kata. Additionally, he serves as the President of the Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu Kai and Kancho of the Sekiryukan.

 

         

 

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