Definition of ryu in English:



  • A Japanese school or style of art.

    ‘training schools, or ryu, encouraged children to engage in games stressing agility and balance’
    ‘there were some 400 different ryus, or sword-fighting styles, officially catalogued’
    • ‘I began to search for something deeper; this led me to look at several different jujutsu ryus, but none of them seem to fit what I looked for.’
    • ‘I have added the footwork that is used by the Shinkage ryu style of swordsmanship into the techniques taught in Aikido Yuishinkai.’
    • ‘His love of samurai martial traditions came with his study of the Yanagi ryu of the Yoshida-ha.’
    • ‘He very graciously answered many questions about the history and techniques of the ryu.’
    • ‘Permission to teach is given only after reaching a certain level, and only with the express authorization of the headmaster of the ryu.’
    • ‘It is said that the originator of this school was Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu and the ryu was transmitted within the Aizu clan, from father to son, from olden times.’
    • ‘Your name, after you have gotten through this stage, is now entered in the official catalogues of the ryu.’
    • ‘The entrance the modern-day budoka makes to his ryu or dojo may be simpler than it was in the old days, but it has just as much meaning and commitment.’
    • ‘Warriors were evidently willing to risk their lives based on this type of training, perhaps because many of the kata techniques and sequences were believed to be the divinely inspired creation of the founder of the ryu.’
    • ‘Also discussed is the author's own introduction to toe kicks, as well as some of the early great Shorin ryu masters who used this kick.’
    • ‘Before beginning his training, however, it was common for this student to be required to sign an oath of allegiance to the ryu.’
    • ‘This ryu was founded in 1532 and borrowed substantially from sumo.’
    • ‘Tamiya ryu is an earlier style than ours, but is considered to be part of our line of development.’