History of Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho
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Iai is the art of drawing the sword from the saya (scabbard). At the moment the sword is drown, the opponents are cut down.
  Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho(無雙神傳英信流抜刀兵法) was founded by Hayashizaki Jinsuke.in the late 1500s. The art was started to teach by Hayashi Rokudayu in Tosa domain during the Tokugawa period. At the beginning, the school was called Muso-ryu in Tosa domain. Then, after a while, our Iai school was called Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho. And the art was practiced among the samurai of the Tosa domain.
  At the end of Edo era, Yamakawa Kyuzou was the most excellent swordsman in Tosa domain. He became the prime Iai instructor at a domain school named Chido-kan of the Tosa domain In his pupils, Shimomura Moichi was the most excellent swordsman. So he became the prime Iai instructor at ta domain school as Yamakawa’s successor.
  After the Meiji restoration, the Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu was taught by Hosokawa Yoshimasa who was an activist of the movements for democratic rights and became a Diet member. At the end of the Tokugawa period, he was a samurai in Tosa domain. He also practiced Mugai-ryu kenjutu, Takenouchi-ryu jyujutu (Kogusoku koshinomawari), Senshin-ryu sojutu and Koushu-ryu Tactics-strategy. Furthermore after the Meiji restoration, he became an earnest Christian.
  Ueda Heitaro, who was a pupil of Hosokawa Yoshimasa, taught the art in Kagawa prefecture during Taisho and early Showa era. He was also an instructor of Shinto-ryu Kenjyutu.
  Then Ogata Gouichi, the pupil of Ueda Heitaro, taught the art in Tokushima prefecture. He was also an instructor of Kanshin-ryu Kenjyutu.
  And then Umemoto Mitsuo, the pupil of Ogata Gouichi, taught the art in Hiroshima prefecture.
  Now, Morimoto Kunio, the pupil of Umemoto Mitsuo, teaches the Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho.
  Morimoto Kunio, the representative of the Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho, started to practice at the age of 13 years old. And by the order of Umemoto Mitsuo, he founded Kan ou-kan in 1996. In 1997 Umemoto Mitsuo left a will to continue protecting a school to him. He followed the will of the instructor. In 2005, he decided to convey the techniques widely. In the same year, Morimoto was recognized by the Association for the Promotion of Japanese Traditional Martial Arts (Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai) as the legitimate successor to and head of Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu Iai Heiho. He has been keeping his instructor's will.

Muso Shinden-ryu  (夢想神伝流)which was founded by Nakayama Hakudo is a different school from Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu (無雙神傳英信流). Nakayama Hakudo was taught Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu by Hosokawa Yoshimasa and made his own school. So Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu (無雙神傳英信流)has original style of Muso Shinden-ryu  (夢想神伝流).

 2.The features from a historical viewpoint

     Muso Shinden Eishin-ryu is a traditional school of iai. So it is different from a modern iai-do. The modern iai-do was made after World War II by modern people. So the modern iai-do is resemble us in the appearance, but the contents are different from us. We have a traditional system, techniques and methods from Edo period.



.Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu
.Tamiya Heibei Narimasa
.Nagano Muraku-nyudo Kinrosai
.Momo Gunbei Mitushige
.Arikawa Shouzaemon Munetugu
.Banno Danemon Nobusada
.Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Eishin
.Arai Heisaku Nobusada (Arai Seitetsu)
.Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa
10.Hayashi Yasudayu Masashi
11.Oguro Motoemon Kiyokatsu
12.Yoshimatsu Yazaemon Hisamori
13.Yamakawa Kyuzou Yoshimasa
14.Shimomura Moichi Sadamu
15.Hosokawa Yoshimasa
16.Ueda Heitaro
17.Ogata Gouichi
18.Umemoto Mitsuo
19.Morimoto Kunio

.Hosokawa Yoshimasa
Ueda Heitaro

Hosokawa Yoshimasa and
Ueda Heitaro

Ogata Gouichi

Umemoto Mitsuo
Morimoto Kunio

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