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
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
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
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.