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
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 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
Now only Kan ou-kan is open to teach the Oishsi Shinkage-ryu Kenjyutu
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.