Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Iai-Do Australia was first established in 1980 and four years later was designated as an official branch (kai) by Hokushin Shinoh Ryu So-Honbu Nagoya Japan, under the direction of Grand Master Kimura Hekiho Masakazu of Nagoya. In 1984 Shihan Goho was designated as one of the directors of Hokushin Shinoh Ryu So-Honbu.
Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Ohgo-kai is one of the Hokushin Shinoh Ryu branch schools based in Nagoya but it is geographically located outside of Japan. It has the same status as the Japanese based schools and its Shihan, Goho Wonho Chong, Ohgo-kai Kaicho 8th Dan, holds a position of Suseki Shihan. All the international dojos listed on this site maintain their links to the Hokushin Shinoh Ryu Heiho Honbu, Grand Master Kimura Hekiho Masakazu via Suseki Shihan Goho.