iaido japanese martial arts in southend on sea essex, iaido is similar to iai batto jutsu or batto do whereby genuine japanese swordsmanship is effectively taught in Essex, iaido students travel as far from basildon iaido, wickford, rochford, laindon, for the study of kenjutsu in essex. Our southend on sea martial arts dojo is based locally for all routes from the A13 and A127.

History of Mugai ryū iaido

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About Mugai ryū Meishi-ha iaidō:
The founder of Mugai ryu, Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi was born to Tsuji Yadayū descendant of Sasaki Takadzuna, in the second year of Keihan (in 1649, in the early Edo period), in the Miya-mura-aza village area of Masugi, in the Kōka-gun district of Ōmi; what is now Shiga Prefecture. When he was 13 studied Yamaguchi-ryū swordsmanship under Sensei Yamaguchi Bokushinsai in Kyoto, and at the age of 26 (in 1675) he received kaiden (full transmission) and opened a school in Koishikawa in Edo; what is now Tokyo. In order to cultivate, train and improve his spirit, mind and body, he went to study Zen and Classical Chinese literature under Zen monk Sekitan Ryouzen at Kyūkōji temple in Azabu Sakurada-cho. At the age of 32 (by 1681) he reached enlightenment and received from his Zen teacher a formal poem taken from the Buddhist scriptures as an acknowledgment and proof of his accomplishment. Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi used the word Mugai from this poem to represent his school of swordsmanship. It is recorded that among his pupils were many feudal lords and daishōmyō (high status/level samurai).

What is iaido

Iaido is associated with the smooth, controlled movements of drawing a katana from its scabbard (called saya), striking or cutting an opponent and then re-sheathing the sword in the scabbard. While new students of iaido may start with a wooden sword (called bokken), after a short period of time all students will use the blunt edged sword, called iaitō.

Although a little emphasis on the word associated has been used above, iaido is a relatively modern Japanese term used to describe the only true way of Japanese swordsmanship, please do not confuse traditional iaido Japanese swordsmanship with anything other than the historically accurate Japanese swordsmanship.

Iaido originated around the mid-1500's. Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu (1542 - 1621) is generally acknowledged as the organizer of what we call iaido today, kenjustu, iaijutsu batto-do and other terms were also commonly used. There were a lot of Kory ū (customary schools-now referred to as traditional/old schools), however just a few authentic Japanese sword schools including Mugai ryū remain today. Most iaido taught today are focused on war seasoned schools created amid sixteenth to seventeenth century whereby the strict kata (forms practiced) have a genuine historical root in history.



Mugai ryū was founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in 1680 and specializes in swordsmanship (kenjutsu, iaihyōdō, tameshigiri). One of the characteristics of this school is the focus on cutting iai, which means a strike from a sheath that is capable of cutting (a tatami, rolled straw mat). Currently Mugai ryū Meishi-ha is located in Tokyo, Japan, and the school is led by Niina Toyoaki Gyokudo Soke (17th generation headmaster and successor of the school).
Mugai Ryu today is a fast growing school of traditional iaido with many dojo across Europe.

The founder of Mugai Ryu, Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi at the age of 13 studied Yamaguchi ryū swordsmanship under Yamaguchi Bokushinsai and Zen Buddhism Zen master at Sekitan Ryozen.

At the age of 26 he was certified as a teacher of Yamaguchiryu and with the permission of the Edo government he opened a Yamaguchiryu school in the 9th sector of Kojimachi in Edo (old Tokyo). However, no one wanted to study under an unknown sword teacher from the countryside, so only a few students came to learn at his school. At the age of 32 he received a formal poem from one of the Buddhist scriptures of his Zen master as proof of recognition and transmission. Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi used the word Mugai 無外 (“there is nothing outside”) of this poem to represent his sword school.

The founder of Mugairyu, Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi (also known as Heinai) was born in 1648 in what is now Shiga Prefecture. When he was 13 he went to Kyoto to study Yamaguchi Bokushinsai’s Yamaguchi ryu kenjutsu.
After monk Sekitan passed away, Heinai continued his Zen practice under the second chief priest Shinshu, and at the age of 45 achieved enlightenment. Heinai once again took the name Gettan Sukemochi and in 1693 founded Mugai ryu. The name “mugai” was taken from a poem penned by the late Sekitan

Ippou jitsu mugai
Kenkon toku ittei
Suimo hou nomitsu
Douchaku soku kousei

"There is nothing other than the One True Way
Heaven and Earth profit from this single Virtue
The fluttering feather knows this secret
To be settled during confusion is to be enlightened and pure".

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