Gosho Motoharu

Gosho Motoharu 五所 元治 was a prominent master of the martial arts, koryu budō or kobudō.

Shihan (master), of the schools Niten Ichi Ryu (created by the famous rōnin Miyamoto Musashi) and Sekiguchi Ryu, Gosho Motoharu was awarded the rank of Menkyo kaiden, in both schools. He was also an iaido Hachidan (8th Dan) and kendo Nanadan (7th Dan).

Gosho Motoharu was a close disciple of the 8th Soke (headmaster) of the Niten Ichi Ryu and 14th Soke of Sekiguchi Ryu, master Aoki Kikuo. He was chosen by Aoki to be shihan and adjunct successor of both schools to ensure the teachings of the ryus to the future generations.

He was the headmaster of the Gosho-ha Hyoho Niten Ichi ryu, which was the only branch of the ryu to keep the teachings as they arrived the 20th century with Aoki. But in 2007, his son, Yoshimochi Kiyoshi, succeeded Kiyonaga Fumiya, as 11th successor, at the request of the Kiyonaga family, and become the 12th successor (daijunidai seito shihan) of Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu, reuniting the Gosho Ha and Seito (main) linages.

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