Matsuo Kenpu -sensei

The late Matsuo Kenpu (Hiroshi) -sensei, who lived in Yokohama, was born on May 10th of the year Meiji 36 (1903) in Fukuoka-ken. He moved to Tokyo in the Taisho era. He passed away on June 17th, 1985, at the age of 82.

Matsuo-sensei became a member of the Yushinkan Honbu (Nakayama Hakudo Sensei’s main dôjô) in the 7th year of Showa (1932). In Showa 28 (1953) he received his 9th dan in iaido from Hakudo-sensei.

While he was teaching budo, Matsuo-sensei earned his living by running an inn in Nishi-ku, Yokohama. He was not strictly a full-time budo instructor but as some family member could see to the trade in his absence, he was able to find time for teaching budo. A great number of budo and bujutsu arts were taught at his dôjô: all the Bugei ju happan (the traditional 18 arts of a samurai) except for swimming, horse riding and archery.

Matsuo Sensei was very well known in the Japanese budo circles. It is said he was a stubborn samurai who strictly adhered to tradition being “harder than rock”. That is why he was able to learn well the “Bugei ju happan” and ninjutsu. His grandfather was a sojutsu (spear art) teacher to the Kuroda clan in Kyûshu.