The 5th Kashima Shrine Dedicatory Nihon Kobudo Exchange Demonstration

Translated by Sonoko Nakano Beers

(1) Introduction of School Tradition

Kashima Shrine worships the God of Budo and is the host of the Japan Kobudo dedicatory demonstration. Our school, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu Komei Juku has attended the demonstration every year since its inception. This year will be the 5th engagement and we are honored to participate in this event. Through our school, we set the goal of the improve our selves, our “Technique, Mind and Refinement”, to move forward passing this knowledge on to the next generation and maintaing our long history. We would like to dedicate our demonstration with the truth of our devotion to this art in the Kata.

(2) Origin of School Style

The founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamotono Shigenobu, lived in Oushu (currently Miyagi, Aomori, Fukushima and part of Akita prefecture) during the Ashikaga period. He decided to seek revenge in the name of his father and he prayed at the Hayashizaki Myojin shrine for this outcome. He trained hard and his final enlightenment was discovering the miraculous nature of Iai Jutsu. This style became known as the Shigenobu style. Since then, multiple lines have evolved.This evolution is especially prominent in the seventh generation, when Hasegawa Mondonosuke Eishin added creativity to the existing heritage style. The Hasegawa Mondonosuke Eishin’s infusion, his technique, was so miraculous that it was called Hasegawa Eishin Ryu (style), and later became recognized as Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. In 1674 (Enpou 2), the ninth generation, Hayashi Roku Dayu Yasumasa served the Tosa Domain and established his style, Eishin Ryu. Since then, the Tosa Domain kept his techniques as house secrets and passed the knowledge on to succeeding generations. The seventeenth generation, Onoe Masamichikei, was concerned that Budo would decline and decided to open the gate and disseminate the techniques widely. The eighteenth generation, Yamauchi Toyotake, who was related to Tosa Domain, published “Iai Shousetsu”. The nineteenth generation, Kono Kanemitsu, founded Meibukan in Toshima-ku, Tokyo. The twentieth generation, Onoe Masamitsu, inherited it and passed it to the current twenty first generation, Sekiguchi Komei.

(3) Genealogy

1: Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamotono Shigenobu

2: Tamiya Heibei Shigemasa

3: Nagano Muraku Kinosai

4: Momo Gunbei Mitsushige

5: Arikawa Shouzaemon Mritsugu

6: Manno Danemon-no-jo Nobusada

7: Hasegawa Shuzei-no-suke Eishin

8: Arai Seitetsu Seishin

9: Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa

10: Hayashi Yasudayu Yasumasa

11: Ooguro Motoemon Kiyokatsu

12: Hayashi Masuno-jo Masanari

13: Yoda Manzo Yorikatsu

14: Hayahshi Yadayu Masayori

15: Tanimura Kamenojo Yorikatsu

16: Goto Magobei Masasuke

17: Oe Masamichi Shikei

18: Yamauchi Toyotake

19: Kono Kanemitsu

20: Onoe Masamitsu

21: Sekiguchi Komei

(4) Unique School Methodology

Our school style requires imagining the opponent and cutting with a Shinken (real sword). We imagine our enemy in our mind and practice ritual fight with that enemy. When we use the sword, our school policy is to handle a long sword like a short one, and a heavy sword like a light one. Our school handles the sword with the sharp edge up as held on the belt, and we do not show the mouth of the sword sheath. We cut as we draw the sword, so the cut is fast. One remains eight sun (aprox 24 cm) from the Tsuba when you do, moving to Kissaki three sun (aprox 9.1cm) as fast as possible then sheath (noto). Our school Iai Jutsu has sitting positions (Seiza and Tatehiza) and standing Toho. By maximizing the mechanics of our swords with our body motion, we train and polish ourselves to reach a high level of Budo spirit.

(5) Demonstration Participants

Katsuko Fuji, Fukuko Noguchi, Akio Ogata, Kouichi Sekiguchi, Sonoko Nakano, Everett Lee

(6) Demonstration Program
* Katsuko Fuji, Fukuko Noguchi, Akio Ogata,

Okuiai (Standing), Bangai:
Yukizure, Shinobu, Sodesurigaeshi, Ukenagashi, Hayanami, Raiden, Jinrai

* Kouichi Sekiguchi, Sonoko Nakano, Everett Lee

Shoden, Toryu Bangai:
Yaegaki, Ukenagashi, Tsukekomi, Hayanami, Tatsuguruma, Tatsumaki, Itomagoi

(7) International Educational Activity

From our headquarters in Tokyo we strive to pass on this art, unchanged and with the true pride of the Samurai. Many years of effort have allowed us to introduce the knowledge of our art to the nations of the world. It has been received around the globe to acclaim and with a deep sense of respect. Building on this progress we will move forward and become even stronger, united under the motto of “one world, one family”.

We open the door to the people who seek serious instruction and we teach those people through hard training; learning not only Iai Jutsu but also the history, culture and the high spirit of Bushido. Our approach is to improve the mind, technique and physicality.

To preserve our long history of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu, and to pass it on to the next generation, we train hard. We demonstrate our art to the world, deliver lectures, and encourage experimentation. This approach teaches student to achieve both technique and intelligence. Our goal and hope is to develop thriving friendships built on deep respect in a world beyond differences. We hope to open students to the world, through the knowledge of our art. We will keep moving forward with the hope.

(8) Headquarter

7-50-2, 802, Nishi Kamata Royal Heights, Nishi Kamata, Oota-ku, Tokyo, Japan

Phone: 03-3735-9276

Fax: 03-3735-9276

E-mail: isshin_s_komei@yahoo.co.jp

Training is at conducted at public facilities, community centers, and school gymnasiums within Tokyo and neighboring prefectures. Training hours are 18:00 to 21:00, everyday.