Mugai ryu is a genuine Japanese koryū martial art which was founded in 1680 by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi. Historical records show that Tsuji Gettan had 32 daimyō as his personal students. This is something that is probably never heard of in old Japan. The daimyō were powerful Japanese feudal lords, until their decline in the early Meiji period. They ruled most of Japan from their vast, hereditary land holdings. All daimyō were subordinate and reported directly to the fifth shōgun in the Tokugawa dynasty of Japan and the great-grandson of the famous Tokugawa Ieyasu.

Sensei David, an already highly accomplished iaidōka began studying Mugai-ryū in 2013. Regularly flying out to European countries to meet with various teachers and the Japanese sensei attending these seminars and was asked to open a dōjō in the UK in 2014. Firstly with the meishi-ha line under Grandmaster Niina Gosoke then in 2017 Sensei David chose to change to Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai (DNIK) under Soke Shimojo, of which teaches a more accurate lineage of Mugai-ryū iaidō. Our dōjō is under the UK directorship of Phil and Neil Malpas Vice President of the Dai Nippon Iaido Kyokai, both were awarded these titles by Shimojo Sensei in September 2019 (congratulations guys).

Mugai ryu - sword work

Sensei David

What I Do
Go-yō (seiza seated kata):

  • Shin
  • Ren
  • Sa
  • Yuu
  • Sha
Go-ka (seiza seated kata):

  • Suigetsu
  • Inchuyo
  • Yochuin
  • Hibiki Gaeshi
  • Hazumi
Go-ō (Tachiwaza standing kata):

  • Munazukushi
  • Enyo
  • Ryouguruma
  • Nooukuri
  • Gyokkou
  • Hashirigakari
Hashirigakari (tachiwaza standing kata):

  • Maegoshi
  • Musougaeshi
  • Mawarigakari
  • Migonoteki
  • Shiho