Tanemura Shoto Sensei started training in traditional martial arts at the age of nine and other traditional martial arts (Ninpo and Kobudo) from 15 years old. He learned traditional Japanese Kobudo from his father, uncle and their teachers. Due to his exceptional skill he was given his first Menkyo Kaiden (Grandmastership) at the age of 21. Since that time, he has earned Menkyo Kaiden in over 20 various Ryu-Ha (Martial Art Schools / Traditions). He is now the 'Soke' (Grandmaster) of not only Ninpo, but also of these various Ryu-Ha (Martial Traditions).

Currently, he is teaching Ninpo, as the 'Art of the Martial Arts'. His organisations: Genbukan World Ninpo Bugei Federation, Kokusai Jujutsu Renmei, Japan Kobudo / Koryu World Federation and Amatsu Tatara World Federation have their headquarters at his home where he also maintains his position of Kancho / Soshi.

The Genbukan is international in scope with branches existing in the American, European and Asian Continents.
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