Musô Jikiden Eishin Ryû iaijutsu Komei Jyuku es un koryû (escuela antigua) fundada entre la Era Eiroku (1558-1570), la Era Genki (1570-1573) y la Era Tenshô (1573-1592) por Hayashizaki Jinsuke no Shigenobu. Según la mayoría de los especialistas y estudiosos de la historia japonesa, fue la primera escuela en especializarse en el arte del iaijutsu (arte del desenvaine del sable japonés) , articulándolo y ordenándolo. Musô Jikiden Eishin Ryû procede del feudo de Tosa, de la familia Yamauchi en la línea de Tôkyô y está reconocida por la Nihon Kobudô Kyôkai bajo el liderazgo del 21º sucesor legítimo de la escuela Sekiguchi Takaaki Komei sensei. Las clases en los dôjô están dirigidas por el representante para España de esta escuela, Sekiguchi Kenryû, quien ha sido autorizado a enseñar y transmitir estas enseñanzas samurai del feudo de Tosa.

Ryôen Ryû naginatajutsu está liderada por Shimizu Nobuko sensei. Centrándose en el manejo de la naginata (alabarda japonesa) y el tantô (puñal) de Jikishinkage Ryû bajo los conocimientos adquiridos de la 17º sôke Toya Akiko sensei, que le concedió 8º Dan Hanshi a Shimizu sensei. También se estudian formas de etiqueta y protocolo derivadas de Ogasawara Ryû reihô y transmitidas por el 32º sôke Ogasawara Tadamune sensei, que le concedió a Shimizu sensei el Menkyô Kaiden así como el nombre de Ryôen. Las clases en los dôjô están dirigidas por el representante para España de esta escuela, Ryôen Ryûko, quien ha sido autorizado a enseñar y transmitir estas enseñanzas.

miércoles, 2 de septiembre de 2015



A couple of weeks before the seminar I was checking my email inbox when suddenly receive an email from Sekiguchi sensei. It announced that from the July 21 to 27 he has a few days and is looking forward to coming to Spain to train. This year 2015, due to scheduling problems, there were no plans to make any seminar with our Jukuchô in Spain, hence my surprise. Immediately I said yes to sensei’s email. It is strange that a householder of a Japanese legitimate koryû leave the comfort of his native Japan to move to another country, but is more surprising that the proposal comes from the sensei. It is true that some teachers do this for economic reasons, to receive succulent fees in the countries they visit. But those who know Jukuchô Sekiguchi and his way of thinking and do we know their motivations go beyond the material and only cares about the correct transmission of Koryû bujutsu. With all of this I started to make preparations for the seminar. Since there was no time to organize the typical summer Gasshuku in Benissa (Alicante), we got back to the origins, to Madrid, where was held the first course of Sekiguchi sensei in Spain in June 2011.

Thanks to the Dojo "The Figth Clan" and Santi, its owner, we could organize a 5-day seminar with Sekiguchi Jukuchô. The first two days would be dedicated to monjin (members who have signed by the school), and the remaining 3 days for the weekend would be open to other students and anyone who would come to know and try a legitimate koryû bujutsu. Sekiguchi Komei sensei is the 21st lineage representative school Musô iaijutsu Jikiden Eishin ryû, a descendant of the line Yamauchi-ha, Tôkyô. Sekiguchi sensei is also the representative Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû iaijutsu in the Nihon Kobudô Kyôkai one of the most prestigious japanese koryû bujutsu organizations based at the Nippon Budôkan in Tôkyô. In June 2011 Sekiguchi sensei gave Spain a shibu (branch) of their school, leaving licensed representative to teach as direct student Sekiguchi Kenryū. Since then we have visits Sekiguchi Jukuchô to transmit his school iaijutsu.

The first two days were almost a private keiko, as we were just Jorge and myself (Sekiguchi Kenryū). Every day the course beggin from early in the morning until the evening, with 8 - 8 hours and half of daily training. This mode of training is typical of seminars of Sekiguchi sensei, long hours and a lot of intensity. In Jukuchô own words, "to grow up the level of the waza from our koryû. A waza we owe to the effort and sacrifice of many people, and that without them it would not have survived. Only hard training can honor our koryû ancestors so we can transmit a real koryû and not a ballet or a sport. "

In the first two days we focused on the iaijutsu series of our school called: Seiza no Bu (11 kata), Tate Hiza no Bu (10 kata), Oku Iai Tachiwaza (13 kata) and Bangai Sanbon (3 kata). In this series, Sekiguchi sensei put special interest upon those kata he considered more complex and therefore required further study and repetition. There was also time for extenuating kihon of kirioroshi, kesagake and nôtô. Those are the times when, without lowering the intensity of cuts, try to maintain a dignified and graceful posture, according sensei, words that at the same technique, that's what differentiates a rônin from the samurai.

As for the iai-kumitachi / kenjutsu, we did the Tsume Iai no Kurai series, especially tachiwaza forms. During this private training Sekiguchi sensei focus the training on embu that Jorge and I would do in the Netherlands, representing Musô Jikiden Eishin Ryu in the European Koryu Bujutsu Convention. This was especially hard for Jorge and his injured elbow. Sekiguchi sensei required that training be conducted with iaitô for Jorge and shinken in my case. At this point it is important to remember that in MJER Komei Juku we use a traditional Tosa katana, of 90,1cm of blade (3 shaku) and 2kg weight.

After two days of monjin keiko, arrived Friday and the opportunity for more people could enjoy the teachings of Sekiguchi Komei sensei. The approach was different, but the workouts were equally long and equally intense. Sekiguchi sensei does not discriminate between beginners and advanced students, while allowing these to stop and rest whenever they want so they can enjoy (and not suffer) keiko. During the iaijutsu kihon few left remain, when people begin to rest because the overload in the muscles, and others have to be bandaged hands because raised skin. Despite that only the most advanced students used their koryu iaitô, it was koryû bokutô to provide beginners and feel the experience of practicing iai with a saber almost a meter.

The three-day of open course we practice kihon and kata from several series of our koryû and also kata from Tôhô Gohon. However, the iai-kumitachi / kenjutsu dominated over other aspects of the practice. First Tachi Uchi no Kurai series - Nanahon no Kata (7 kata) and then Tsume Iai no Kurai (11 kata), especially the last 5 kata, corresponding to the part tachiwaza (standing) series. All of us, but especially those who came for the first time to koryû were really fortunate to practice a kata generally taught after many years of learning MJER.

The course went from gentle way, all had breakfast and lunch together, and the last day we enjoyed a refreshing beer and sandwiches in a friendly meeting. Currently Sekiguchi sensei answered questions from the beginners about the history of our school or the reason for the size of our sabers. I think everyone has been so lucky to have this unexpected visit (but wished) the 21st MJER representative, Sekiguchi Komei. Specifically, me, Sekiguchi Kenryū, Shibuchô for Spain, I have seen how improved my iaijutsu with the teachings of Sekiguchi sensei and I feel ready to carry the next embu to be held in Holland on August 30th. I would like to thank all attendees for their participation in the event as well as members of Hombu Spain, and Jorge who overcame his injury and proved a worthy monjin school, and of course, to our headmaster, the 21st Sekiguchi Komei sensei who allways looks for his students. 

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