Definition of ryu in English:



  • A school or style in Japanese arts, especially in the martial arts.

    • ‘Before beginning his training, however, it was common for this student to be required to sign an oath of allegiance to the ryu.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Tamiya ryu is an earlier style than ours, but is considered to be part of our line of development.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Permission to teach is given only after reaching a certain level, and only with the express authorization of the headmaster of the ryu.’
    • ‘This ryu was founded in 1532 and borrowed substantially from sumo.’
    • ‘Your name, after you have gotten through this stage, is now entered in the official catalogues of the ryu.’
    • ‘His love of samurai martial traditions came with his study of the Yanagi ryu of the Yoshida-ha.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He very graciously answered many questions about the history and techniques of the ryu.’
    • ‘I have added the footwork that is used by the Shinkage ryu style of swordsmanship into the techniques taught in Aikido Yuishinkai.’