Wegner Marius


Wegner Marius is a Shidōin (teacher) of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō at the Chiba-Dōjō. He holds the second scroll, the Hatsu-Mokuroku.

First martial arts experience he gained in his youth with jūdō training. Later, his interest in this field ceased for a few years. In 2006 he started with Shōtōkan-Karate at the University of Bonn in the recreational program. After a while he began to visit seminars and courses of other styles as well. Finally, he decided to practice Wadō-ryū Karate because of the natural movements. He trained in Gerolstein and Freising. As this style has strong roots in koryū, he started to learn a lot about this area. Eventually, this led him to get in contact with Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke-Sensei and the Hokushin Ittō-ryū.

First, his intention was to train Hokushin Ittō-ryū to complement his karate training. After the first trial lesson he discarded this idea. The complexity and in contrast the simplicity of the school immediately mesmerized Wegner-Shidōin and since his enrollment he exclusively trains Hokushin Ittō-ryū. On July 13th 2014 he passed the first examination and received the Kirigami scroll from Ōtsuka Yōichirō-Sōke.

His fascination with the Hokushin Ittō-ryū is based for a big part on the gekiken training of the school. Here, the techniques learned in kata are being used and mastered in a fencing bout with bōgu and shinai. On top of the normal training Wegner-Shidōin regularly takes private training sessions in the Chiba-Dōjō with Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke-Sōke in order to improve his fighting skills. After a little more than two years of active training he was awarded the Hatsu-Mokuroku scroll by Ōtsuka Yōichirō-Sōke.

Currently he supports the training activities at the Chiba-Dōjō and deputizes Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke-Sōke together with the other Shidōin when the latter is teaching in Japan or other branches of the Hokushin Ittō-ryū.