Fumon Tanaka (田中 普門 Tanaka Fumon, born December 13th, 1943) is a traditional Japanese martial arts practitioner who holds a number of Soke positions in Japanese schools of martial arts. Specialising in various weapon forms (Bojutsu, Sojutsu, Iaijutsu, Naginata) and unarmed fighting methods. He is also an author and has appeared in numerous world media. In 1963, Fumon Tanaka was accepted as a disciple by Nichikan Kobayashi, 10th Soke of the old school of Enshin Ryu sword. The Odachi sword employed in this school is more than 2 meters long, a compromise between the large sword, the lance and the halberd. In 1975, Tanaka was selected to succeed his master as the head of the school and became the 11th Soke after having received, in 1973, the certificate of complete mastery (menkyo kaiden); He thus received in 1975 Gokui kaiden, (transmission of all the major techniques) of the school Enshin Ryu, concerning: Koden iai (the art of quick drawing the greatsword, called Sengoku Ōdachi in this school) Kenjutsu and Jūjutsu Kumiuchi Hyogo (fusion of kenjutsu and jujutsu) bojutsu (staffs) sojutsu (spears) naginata (glaives) Honmon Suemonogiri Kenpo - techniques of cutting objects with the sword.
"I have a high art: I hurt with cruelty those who wound me." (Archilochus)