History of Oishi Shinkage-ryu Kenjyutsu
techniques Practice Photo

 1. History


Kenjyutsu is a swordmanship.
  Oishi Shinkage-ryu(大石神影流) was founded by Oishi Susumu Tanetugu in the early 1800s. He was taught Aisu kage-ryu kenjutu and Oshima-ryu Soujutsu (sparmanship) by his grandfather and his father. They are instructors of Yanagawa domain.
  Oishi Susumu Tanetugu changed the method of the lesson, and founded Oishsi Shinkage-ryu.
  He improved a protective gear and it became popular protective gear in Japan. In addition, he improved fukuro shinai (bamboo sword covered with a bag) to a used bamboo sword now. He devised stab technique, and a  technique, of striking one's opponent's breastplate . He thought that everyone can use a longer sword that has the length between the ground and each bust It was longer than a bamboo sword used in other schools. Because the height of Susumu Oishi was 210cm, he used bamboo sword that length is about 160cm.
  In 1832, by the order of his feudal lord , he went to the capital city, Edo . Over the next year, he did kenjyutu matches with many famous instructors in Edo. But no one could beat him, and he became very famous all over Japan. Thereafter many samurais from all over Japan came to him to be his pupils.
  His son inherited his school. And he also went to Edo by the order of his feudal lord to do kenjyutu matches ilike his father. He had also excellent techniques, And his name became very famousall over Japan like his father.
  His younger brother, Oishi Yukie inherited his school. After Meiji Restoration, Kenjyutsu declined temporarily, but the lpractice in Oishi dojyo was prosperous. When Oishi Yukie died, his son, Oishi Hajime was young, so Itai Masumi of the pupil of Oishi Yukie protected Oishi Shinkage-ryu,. After Oishi Hajime grew up enough,. he instructed Oishi Shinkage-ryu  He was the principal of the high school, a village mayor, and a city council member. Oishi Hajime taught Oishi Shinkage-ryu to his ground son, Oishi Eiichi. And Oishi Eiichi taught Oishi Shinkage-ryu to Morimoto Kunio.
  Morimoto Kunio, the pupil of Oishi Eiichi, was given Menkyo-Kaiden (a teaching licence ). Now he teaches Oishi Shinkage-ryu Kenjutu to many students.
  Now only Kan ou-kan is open to teach the Oishsi Shinkage-ryu Kenjyutu



 2. The features from a historic view point

     Oishi Shinkage-ryu is a traditional school of swordmanship. The features of Oishi Shinkage-ryu are techniques called morotezuki (to make a both hands pass) ,katatezuki (to make a single hand pass) and dou-giri (to cut the waist). These techniques were used by Oishi Susumu for the first time in games of Kenjyutsu.
  Oishi Susumu made 79 kata (prescribed patterns or sequences of techniques) We have a traditional system, techniques and methods from Edo period.


 3. Lineage

Founder of the scool
that Oishi Susumu learned
















Founder of the Oishi Shinkage-ryu

Aisu Ikou


Okuyama Saemondayu

Kamiizumi Musashinokami

Masunaga HakuenNyudo

Yoshida Masuemon

Ishihara Denjizaemon

Murakami Ittou

Oishi Yuken

Oishi Tarobei

Oishi Susumu Tanetugu

Oishi Susumu Tanemasa

Oishi Yukie

Itai Masumi

Oishi Hajime

Oishi Eiichi

Oishi Kei  Morimoto Kunio


Oishi Yukie
Itai Masumi



Oishi Hajime

Oishi Eiichi Morimoto Kunio


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