Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

Regardless of the development of Iai-Jutsu and Iaido since the Hayashizaki Jinsuke was this Ryu-Ha formed by one member of the Tosa clan – 18th Soke Yamauchi (Yamanouchi). 16th Soke Goto Magobei Masasuke taught Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu exclusively Tosa clan. But 17th Soke Oe Masamichi realized that this effective swordsmanship could be forgotten and began to teach Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu teach and spread outside of the province of Tosa. He fought in Hamaguri Gomonno Ikusa, a war that took place at the end of the great era of the Tokugawa in the years 1865-1867 in Kyoto. By having gone through this political war developed Soke Masamichi significant Iai techniques.

Soke Masamichi awarded many students with Menkyo Kaiden, permission to teach. After the death of Soke Masamichi there was great uncertainty about who is to become his rightful successor and 18th Soke because Soke Masamichi did not appointed a successor. So that´s why was originated 3 Ryu-Has of this school and currently there are three Soke for each branch of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.

As the only direct descendant of the Tosa clan (Yamauchi were the Daimyo of Tosa province), was promoted in the hierarchy to 18th Soke Yamauchi Toyotake in the Ryu-Ha which was at that time registered as Iai-Jutsu and has remained unchanged in this form to this day. Soke Yamauchi published Iai Shousetso, a work in which he stressed the principles of Tosa Iai-Jutsu.

19th Soke Kono Kanemitsu built Meibukan, Dojo in Toshima-ku in Tokyo, where he taught only traditional Tosa Iai-Jutsu with real sword (Shinken).

20th Soke Onoe Masamitsu appointed in 1980 as his successor and 21.Soke Sekiguchi Takaaki.

Sekiguchi Takaaki was born on 20th March 1946 in Hanyu City, Saitama Prefecture / Japan. As the main master is he called as Sekiguchi Sensei, Komei. This word consists of one syllable of his name – Ko and one syllable of words Meibukan – Mei, out of respect of his master Soke Onoe Masamitsu Sensei. Since then Sekiguchi Sensei lives, works and teaches Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu and Komei Jyuku Iaido and he devotes his life and energy for propagation of techniques and philosophy of his schools around the world.

Sekiguchi Komei Sensei says today: “Nihon Kobudo Iai-Jutsu is the art which through exercises with the real sword allows the development and improvement of personality and fighting spirit without the risk of injures to another persons. The number of people that enthusiastically practicing martial arts is increasing day by day. And not only in Japan but around the world. It is for me a great source of happiness that people around the world follow the way of Iai and thus they are experiencing true friendship. “Sensei´s motto is: Iai shushin – Improving of personality by practicing of Iaido.

In the Czech Republic we practice under the direction of Pawel Slawatycki who is empowered by Soke Sekiguchi as Shibucho of the Czech Republic. Shibucho is representative for the country. Represent the school and represents the Soke (Grandmaster). Is also responsible in his region for the development and the level of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.

If you are interested in training of this unique martial art visit www.komeijuku.cz where you can find details of training sessions in your area. You can also contact Filip Bartos – filip@bujin.cz or +420 736 534 469 or directly Shibucho Pawel Slawatycki – pawel.slawatycki@gmail.com.