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tominogoshi

family dojo

          The Tominogoshi family is a proud family of wealthy people.  In the high society of the Japanese elite, they are arguably the top.  This long-standing tradition of elite men has attracted several of the area clans and rogues.  Because of the attention, the family remains reserved.  To combat the unwanted attention the Tominogoshi family, under the tutelage of a master martial artist named Daisuke Matsinoshin created the family style of Judo.  Since the birth of their art, the Tominogoshi name has been protected.

 

the tominogoshi Mondokoro

"Three Rivers of Tranquility"

The mondokoro of the Tominogoshi family has a very specific meaning.  The turquoise color represents protection and sophistication, and this message is carried by the symbolic representation of the longest rivers of Japan and shown in blue to mean tranquility.  The first and longest river, the Shinano River, represents length and longevity.  The second, Tone River, represents uncontrollable nature.  The third is the Ishikari River for which the name is derived from the Ainu for “makes itself go round about something”.

 

martial arts name and origin

          Jigoro Kano’s teachings influenced the lives of many people including one, Ken Tominogoshi.  Through his diligence and dedication of practice, Ken Tominogoshi developed his own style of Judo called Tominogoshi-Do, which has been passed down through the generations of the Tominogoshi family and to other aspiring martial artists seeking its teachings.

 

mystic art

10th Degree Mystic Art: “Ju Yoku Go O Seisu”: From the Judo philosophy understanding that resisting a powerful opponent will result in your defeat; adjusting to and evading your opponent’s attack will cause him to lose his balance, his power will be reduced, and you will defeat him. This can apply whatever the relative values of power, thus making it possible for weaker opponents to beat significantly stronger ones.

tominogoshi characters
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Yoshinori Tominogoshi

     Genreihiro is the former head elder of the Tominogoshi house.  A fierce warrior in his prime, Genreihiro has stepped away from politics of the land to pursue more personal indulgences.  Forever respected in the house of the Tominogoshi, Genreihiro is seldom seen within the walls of the compound.  Instead, Genreihiro can be found traveling, purchasing art, and experiencing fine cuisine away from the confines of the house.  Though rarely present physically, the influences of the great master can be felt in the order and stability within the boundaries of the Tominogoshi province.  

     Genreihiro has turned from a straight-edged politician to a man reinvigorated by the freedom of less responsibility.  Taking his time to travel the country in his later years the former Tominogoshi leader still maintains the same influence even though he does not carry his elder title and role.

     It is hard, however, for Genreihiro to completely abandon the lifestyle of leadership he lived for so many years.  His empathetic nature makes Genreihiro slow to engage hoping to find an alternate solution to a given situation.  Genreihiro Tominogoshi has developed a defensive fighting style and will look to quickly take an opponent down to negotiate and hopefully change their mindset.  

Genreihiro Tominogoshi

     Genreihiro is the former head elder of the Tominogoshi house.  A fierce warrior in his prime, Genreihiro has stepped away from politics of the land to pursue more personal indulgences.  Forever respected in the house of the Tominogoshi, Genreihiro is seldom seen within the walls of the compound.  Instead, Genreihiro can be found traveling, purchasing art, and experiencing fine cuisine away from the confines of the house.  Though rarely present physically, the influences of the great master can be felt in the order and stability within the boundaries of the Tominogoshi province.  

     Genreihiro has turned from a straight-edged politician to a man reinvigorated by the freedom of less responsibility.  Taking his time to travel the country in his later years the former Tominogoshi leader still maintains the same influence even though he does not carry his elder title and role.

     It is hard, however, for Genreihiro to completely abandon the lifestyle of leadership he lived for so many years.  His empathetic nature makes Genreihiro slow to engage hoping to find an alternate solution to a given situation.  Genreihiro Tominogoshi has developed a defensive fighting style and will look to quickly take an opponent down to negotiate and hopefully change their mindset.  

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Arata Tominogoshi

     The cruelties of time have converted Arata into the foulmouthed, crotchety old man he is to date.  Though a mighty and accomplished man of war, Arata had the toughest time earning the respect of others.  Living in the shadows of Genreihiro and the mighty Goro Tominogoshi, Arata's small stature, wiry frame, and distracting speech impediment made it more difficult to earn his place among the Tominogoshi legends.  Constantly challenged, Arata had to use martial skills to climb the ranks of fame.  Now, though too old for physical competition, Arata walks with his head held high and keeps a trick or two for anyone who believes themselves to be a formidable contest for the most challenged member of the Tominogoshi family.  

     The smaller, Arata Tominogoshi is the true middle child of the Tominogoshi elders.  Angry and spiteful, he feels as though the god-given gifts of diplomacy, beauty, height, and pleasantry have all been given to his siblings.  This has made Arata learn to become more resourceful in life.

     Arata Tominogoshi fights as though he has something to prove.  Anything that offends the man will meet his anger.  When in confrontation, Arata makes it a point to try to impress onlookers to prove, despite his size, he is every bit the martial artist that his siblings are.

MikA Tominogoshi

     The only female of the Tominogoshi elders, Mika, finds pride in secretly knowing she is a physical match for any of her brothers.  Rarely leaving the safety of the Tominogoshi compound has allowed Mika an opportunity to train with whomever and whenever she wants.  Her favorite training partner, Goro, has offered her ample experience and confidence in herself and the skill level she has achieved.  

     Mika Tominogoshi is a hard worker who is immensely proud of her accomplishments and her ability to compete with her stronger brothers.  Mika is an assertive woman whom some find hard to get along with because of her temper and inability to soften. 

     Mika Tominogoshi is cocky yet carries herself as the humble meek woman of the Tominogoshi compound.  Though she does not seek confrontation, Mika will not shy away should an opponent present itself.  During combat, this defensive fighter will resort to giving her opponent a lesson.  Often talking through her methods while performing them explaining where her opponent went wrong, and why she is applying the techniques she has chosen.  One of few Tominogoshi that have learned her brother’s secret “Flying Armbar” technique, Mika Tominogoshi will only use it when a situation seems Bleak.

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Goro Tominogoshi

     Goro “The Mighty" as he is known throughout parts of Japan was, at one point,  considered the strongest man in Japan.  Winning back-to-back Dragon Tournament Championships, Goro retired feeling as though there was no competition left.  Now, Goro can be found telling stories of his victories to audiences in taverns or in the company of beautiful women.  Occasionally, Goro will enter an expeditionary type of competition to maintain his reputation of the past.

     Goro Tominogoshi is loud and proud.  Often announcing his arrival to heavily populated facilities, Goro looks to enchant listeners with tales of his past escapades.  Goro is a generous, fun-loving, physical person with an inhumanly strong grip and larger-than-life laughter. 

     As a combatant, Goro Tominogoshi finds the opportunity a moment to show that he is still a competent warrior and chose to retire.  When goaded into a fight, Goro will immediately look to use his special technique, the well-known “Flying Armbar” against an opponent of any level.

Naohiro Tominogoshi

     The "Prince of Tokyo", Naohiro Tominogoshi, is being groomed for success by his father, Yoshinori.  Under scrutiny for nearly every infraction major or minor Naohiro accepts the reprimands of his father believing that such treatment to his destiny to carry on his father's influences.  Naohiro has had many successes, including training Kanuki Takanashi and his protégé Shige Oatoa.  As a natural leader, Naohiro prides himself on identifying talented individuals, and assessing and diffusing volatile situations through non-violence is his forte.  

     Naohiro Tominogoshi is a proud man of the Tominogoshi.  HE has accepted his destiny of becoming the next Head Elder of the Tominogoshi and feels the constant pressure to build a reputation early.  His father guides him, but his stern ways often give Naohiro anxiety about their next meeting.

     Naohiro will look for non-violent solutions to confrontations before fully engaging an enemy.  He may even stop an engagement should a peaceful solution present itself.  However, when he chooses to fight, Naohiro focuses on the efficient use of his energy.

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Shige Oatoa

     Shige Oatoa was a trouble-making youth before testing the skill of Naohiro Tominogoshi.  Through a humiliating and humbling defeat in front of several members of the community, Naohiro's techniques energized Shige.  To gain the acceptance of Naohiro, Shige hounded him for months doing whatever he could to prove that he would be loyal to the Three Rivers of Tranquility mondokoro.  Since being inside the walls, Shige does not back down from any partner to help him become a stronger warrior.

    Shige Oatoa is a spunky kid from the streets of the Tominogoshi district.  Orphaned at a young age, he learned how to survive off cunning.  Shige Oatoa is braggadocios and often exaggerates his abilities to try to gain an advantage in situations.

     Shige Oatoa is extremely excited to enter a chance of physical confrontation.  Wanting to prove to Naohiro, his mentor, that he is a capable martial artist, and the best student in the Tominogoshi dojo gets him in many clashes his skill level cannot get him out of.

 

 

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