Nishioka Sensei




This personal history has been translated from the Japanese version available on Sensei's website.


Nishioka Shishou – SMRJ Personal History

1924 Born in Tokyo
1938 Became student of Shimizu Takaji Katsuyasu Sensei, at Tenkoukai Dojo (Touyama, Shibuya-ku)
1941 Was given Oku-iri of SMRJ
1943 Was given Shomokuroku of SMRJ
1966 Was given Gomokuroku of SMRJ

1972 Was given Menkyo of SMRJ. During this time, Nishioka Sensei learnt the associated bujutsu: SMR kenjutsu, Ikkakuryu Jutte jutsu, Isshinryu Kusarigamajutsu, Uchidaryu Tanjo jutsu.

1975 In May Nishioka Sensei was taught the 5 ‘hidden’ techniques by Shimizu Sensei and Otofuji Sensei, in Kyoto. He was given menkyo kaiden (certificate of full teaching authorisation)

1978 In May Shimizu Sensei gave Nishioka Sensei the authorization to use a kanji from his name. On 22nd June, Shimizu Sensei passed away, and Nishioka Sensei realized he was one of the successors of SMRJ.

1981 In December, Otofuji Sensei gave Nishioka Sensei the authorization to use a kanji from his name. In relation to SMRJ, Nishioka Sensei’s name was then written as Nishioka Tsuneo Yasunori.

Jodo Teaching Resume


1966~1977 Assisted teaching for Shimizu Sensei at Setagaya Rembukan

1977 Shimizu Sensei sent Nishioka Sensei to teach at the Yoyogi Koubukan.


1980 Matsumura Sensei chose to learn from Otofuji Sensei, and Nishioka Sensei stopped teaching there. From February, Okumura Sensei asked Nishioka Sensei to teach at the Koganei Budoukan.

1981 From November Nishioka Sensei taught at the Kawagoe Dojo associated with Kobayashi Sensei.

1982 In September Nishioka Sensei was asked to teach full time at the Nakano Junseikan of Oba-kanchou.
1983 From January Nishioka Sensei decided to only teach at the Junseikan Dojo.


1990 In March Nishioka Sensei stopped teaching at the Junseikan (isshinjou no tsugou de). From June, Nishioka Sensei was learning kendo from Okubo Sensei at the Kokubunji Kanekogakuen. Previously, Nishioka Sensei started to learn kendo from Sanbonmatsu Sensei at the Junseikan.
1991 In March, Nishioka Sensei was asked to teach at the Setagaya Jobukan. From November, he started teaching jodo at Kanekogakuen, and made the Kokubunji Jodo Kai.
1993 Phillip Relnick approached Nishioka Sensei to become the Technical Advisor of the IJF. In August, Nishioka Sensei attended as Technical Advisor of the IJF International Gasshuku in Hawaii for the first time.

1995 Nishioka Sensei helped Mitsuyama Sensei build the Sekiunkan at Hino, and keiko started in January. In August, Nishioka Sensei helped Phil Relnick Sensei build his dojo in Seattle. In the same year, Nishioka Sensei helped Pascal Kreiger Sensei build his Keikoshokon Dojo in Switzerland.
1997 In April, Shikanai Sensei asked Nishioka Sensei to teach his Aikido students in Brazil.


2000 For the commemoration of the 400th year anniversary of the relation between Japan and Holland, Nishioka Sensei held a demonstration with Pascal Kreiger’s students in Amsterdam in April.

2001 In August, Nishioka Sensei assisted with the opening ceremony of Shikanai Sensei’s dojo in Brazil.
2002 In June, Nishioka Sensei stopped teaching at Sekiunkan.
2002 From Ausust, Nishioka Sensei started teaching at the Bunbunkan dojo, Asagaya.

2003 August. Nishioka Sensei leads the 9th Trienniel IJF Gasshuku in Vesc, France.

2005 May. First Sei Ryu Kai Gasshuku in Iwai, Chiba.

2006 May. Second Sei Ryu Kai Gasshuku in Meiji Jingu, Tokyo.

2006 August. Nishioka Sensei leads the 9th Trienniel IJF Gasshuku in Bel Horizonte, Brazil.

All Japan Kendo Federation Resume


1958 Received Jodo 5th dan.
1961 Jodo Renshi certificate
1969 Jodo Kyoshi certificate
1971 Received Jodo 6th dan.
1976 Received Jodo 7th dan.
1978 Became the founding board chairman of the Tokyo Kendo Federation’s Jodo Kai.
1980 Retired as board chairman, and became a member of the board.
1984 Retired as Head Secretary, and remained a board member.
1987 Received Jodo 8th dan
1991 Jodo Hanshi certificate


Nishioka Sensei at the Bunbukan


The following is extracted from an interview with David Dangerfield.

Master Tsuneo Nishioka was born in 1924 in Tokyo. In his words, both his parents were very ordinary people, and none of his ancestors nor relatives practiced Budo.

When master was 14 years old, he was introduced to Budo. He had just graduated from primary school and he started working and going to night school. One of his senior workers overheard young Nishioka saying "I want to learn Budo". So he took Nishioka to the Dojo of Shinto Muso Ryu Jojutsu run by the then Headmaster, Shimizu Takaji Sensei.

"I recall that Shimizu-sensei was just over 40 years old. He looked like a kind uncle from the country side, and didn't have any scary image." Young Nishioka fell in love with Budo and he practiced morning and afternoon every day.

"The way Master Shimizu taught was the very traditional way, that one should learn by just watching him, so it was hard way. He demonstrated in front of his students and asked them to copy. Even if his student was missing the movement, he would never point out which part was wrong … he just kept saying "Copy me, do as I do."

Master Nishioka says that Master Shimizu's movement had no habit or particular pattern so it was very hard to copy, but even so, he followed Master Shimizu as his life-teacher for the next 40 years.

The 2nd World War started and Master Nishioka's father passed away, so he quit night school and was working for a while. But he was soon drafted into the army and was being trained. Six months later, the war was finished. After that, he began working at a typewriter company for a while, and started working with computers. Today he owns and manages a software company.

At same time, he has been practicing Jojutsu continuously and today teaches and leads his students in SMR Jodo.