Mugairyu Iaihyodo


Mugai Ryu Iai was founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi of the Omi province. He was born in 1649 and started studying Kenjitsu with Yamaguchi Bokushinsai at the age of 13. He later received Menkyo Kaiden and opened a Dojo in Edo (Tokyo) when he was 26. Apart from his studies of Kenjitsu he also studied Zen and classical Chinese literature as a disciple of Master Sekitan Zenshi. When he was 45 he read a sequence in a poem by his master where the word "Mugai" is found. He never married or had children of his own, but adopted a boy (Tsuji Kimata Sukehide) who later became the second Soke of Mugai Ryu Iai Heido.

The founder died in 1728 at 79 years of age. Gettan had many students (probably more than 1100) and counted among them several Daimyo including: Ogasawara Sadonokami Nagashige, the lord of Himeji castle, Sakai Kageyu Tadaki, and the governor of Tosa province, Yamanouchi Toyomasa. Today, three main lines of Mugai Ryu exist: Edo, Tosa and Himeji.

The incumbent 15th Soke, Shiokawa Hosho, has appointed four successors who will all bear the title of "Ju-Roku-Dai Soke" (16th Soke), each of them in their own region of Japan. Kai Kuniyuki Sensei has been designated 16th Soke, and he will carry on the tradition of Mugai Ryu Iai Heido in the Kyushu area

<>This traditional style combines practical sword techniques along with a strong emphasis on Zen. Mugai Ryu Iaido is defined by quick, strong, and compact movements.

Ryusuke Juge

Ryusuke Juge, born November 14, 1966 in Kobe, Japan, began his study of martial arts at the age of 7. He has been a jiki deshi (direct student) of Kai Kuniyuki Sensei since 1991.

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