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, 17 de agosto de 2016

VI Spain Gasshuku of Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû iaijutsu (Komei Jyûku) with the 21st Sekiguchi Komei sensei. IV Spain Gasshuku of Ryôen ryû naginatajutsu with the leader Shimizu Nobuko sensei.


VI Spain Gasshuku of Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû iaijutsu (Komei Jyûku) with the 21st Sekiguchi Komei sensei.

IV Spain Gasshuku of Ryôen ryû naginatajutsu with the leader Shimizu Nobuko sensei.

One more year, Sekiguchi Komei jyûkuchô has honored us to move from Japan to Spain to give a seminar Koryu iaijutsu. In the case of Shimizu sensei and Ryoen ryû naginatajutsu, since 2014 the spanish deshi are waiting for enjoying her teachings.


Thanks to the positive response of many people who came to the course, and the generosity of those who could not attend or could only go a few days, the Gasshuku this year could be successfully performed. In this economic point I want say an special thanks to the altruistic contributions ZNKR group of Galicia and Scott, a deshi of Komei Jyuku of Australia – Armidale.


Indeed, the economic part is very important to conduct a seminar. However, it is no less important logistical support we have received from institutions such as the Municipality of Benissa, the Department of Sports, the Department of Youth and Tourism, operators and direction of the Palau Sant Pere. With the crisis still present, it becomes increasingly rare public institutions to help disciplines as minority like ours, not even by national or regional federations, so from MJER iaijutsu and RER naginatajutsu we want to thank the people of Benissa their leaders and workers all support for this event.



Another invaluable and indispensable for the proper course development aid was the fact that participants help with the issue of water, to clean sabers, draw or pick up weapons or to place or remove those things that we hung in the shômen. Also the fact that they have taken in they`re car companions / ryûha brothers, or that you have brought them back to Madrid or escorted to the airport says a lot about a true deshi. I think we all have learned in this seminar which is to be in "my pace" ( ) "very yours - go on your own way" and I think we all ye implemented well, and far from "go in our own way" all of you thought in the welfare of the group, who after all is the welfare of the sensei, and that says a lot about you, that's budô train. Keiko end, pay the fee and forget about everything and everyone is sport.

However, the most important help for me, and that affects the whole organization of the seminar, I owe to my parents. Without them, not only would not have gotten where I am, but also in the practical sense of the seminar, could not have been accomplished without their unconditional support.


The seminar began, for me, the 3rd of August, when I went to pick up the sensei to the airport, accompanied by my wife Aki, took them to the hotel where they would stay the nigth. On 4th August monjin Carlos Tabera and I accompanied the sensei to the Atocha train station, where Carlos was say goodbye till the semminar, and the three of us took the AVE (highspeed train) to Alicante. The sensei were very happy because they both love trains, and this was the first time he took a "Spanish shinkansen". In Alicante my father was waiting to take us to Benissa, where after a short rest break and accommodation in their rooms, we went to our small house in the countryside to eat a delicious paella made by the paellero master who is my father. As we start eating, joined us the Normandy shibuchô, Minori (Sekiguchi Seisui / Ryoen Rinka), we could chat and exchange stories and we ended the feast with some homemade ice cream made by my mother.



On August 5th at 8am began the seminar Ryôen ryû naginatajutsu, led by their leader, Shimizu Nobuko sensei, to this semminar, more or less days attended the following deshi: Ryôen Ryûko (Shibuchô Spain), Ryôen Rinka (Shibuchô Normandy), Aki, Nuria, Lurdes, Marta, Carmen, Jorge, Carlos, Bernard, Scott (Australia), David, Migue Ángel, Adrián, Ricardo, Vicente Enrique, Francisco and Edwin (Shibuchô Chile). The naginatajutsu Keiko lasted 7 days of the seminar, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a break of 10 minutes, which made more than 4 hours of daily training.



The first day of the Ryôen ryû seminar was very intense. First, Shimizu sensei asked me to show you how we started classes at the hombu dôjô of Spain, so I directed the first part of training with stretching-warming up and suburis / kihon of takane (men, yokomen, kote, sune), Tomoe (men- kaeshimen, yokomen, dô, sune), tsuki (Massugu, hineri tsuki) and Ishizuki (Jodan-tsuki chudan-gedan, harai). At the end, Shimizu sensei corrected us some points, adding some kihon and stretching, and showing us how a woman of 74 years is more flexible than all of us. To reach their level some day, and in her words: "I grow old healthily while practicing naginata" sensei recommended exercises for each the day in our house. After the first break Shimizu sensei took command of the class announcing that this would be a very intensive seminar, where she was to teach them many things, but far from trying to retain all the moves, we tried to keep emotions and corrections of points naginatajutsu fundamentals. So, we began with the study and practice of the first 5 kata of the first series: Shôden no Bu: Minamo, Dô giri (sono ichi-ni), Shingetsu, Musô and Sempu.


In the afternoon was began the keiko of Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû iaijutsu (Komei Jyûku). The training was conducted the 7 days for its 21º representative of the lineage, Sekiguchi Komei sensei, from 14:30 until 19:30, with a break of 15 minutes, which accounted for more than 4 hours and a half of training a day. More or less days, the people who attended this semminar was: Sekiguchi Kenryū (Shibuchô of Spain), Sekiguchi Seisui (Shibuchô Normandy), Edwin (Shibuchô Chile), Sekiguchi Miyuki monjin (France), Eric monjin (France), Jorge monjin, Carlos monjin, Scott monjin (Australia - Armidale), Ricardo Adrian, Bernard, Carmen, Pepe, Vicente, Francisco and Enrique. As Shimizu sensei in naginata, Sekiguchi sensei warned that his idea was to release much information, so that later, in the tranquility of the dojo we could review, and that those who could not see him until next year, had more than enough material for to work. After saying this, we started training the first 5 kata of the first series: Seiza no Bu: Mae, Migi, Hidari, Ushiro and Yae Gaki. After the first break, Sekiguchi sensei gave way to kumitachi-kenjutsu of Eishin ryû with Hassô and Yae Gaki Iai kata of Tsume no Kurai series.


The second naginatajutsu Keiko was the "day of running," as we did two of the 4 kata that are done running. The training began with the study of kata Shihô Giri - Shihô Barai, a special form of exorcism working on Ryôen ryû. The day before Shimizu sensei had asked all not to count on a saya for naginata made up with cartons or plastic bottles, as for reihô  of this kata is essential to use scabard. Once all studied the kata, Shimizu sensei chose the sempai: Jorge, Aki and Ryôen Rinka for teach the kata to a group of deshi, and then each group, with their sensei did an embu that Shimizu sensei and I supervised it and corrected all the details. After the "relaxed" practice in this way, the ones who still asleep woke up to the rhythm of racing Shingetsu sono ni, to continue with the fourth kata of the second series: Ryû no bu: Ryûen. After the break, Shimizu sensei continued studying waza with Sempu sono ni and with the 10th and final kata of the first series: Fuji San. Shimizu apologized for training such a difficult one, but asked us to give it up to us to meet this challenge.


The second day of Musô Jikiden Eishin ryû was dominated by the iaijutsu of the second series Tate Hiza no Bu and its 10 kata: Yokogumo, Tora no Issoku, Inazuma, Ukigumo, Oroshi, Iwanami, Urokogaeshi, Namigaeshi, Takiotoshi and Makkô. After each practice, Sekiguchi sensei taught us different applications and variations or henka waza. This was a very hard and intense Keiko who took the first two hours of practice. After the break, we returned on the second series, although in this case the kata Hayanuki Chudan, which includes all the earlier forms plus Ukenagashi, in a unique form of fast drawing out the sword. Knees start hurting because the 4 hours of continuous seated work, so we ended the training with the Bangai Sanbon series: Hayanami, Raiden and Jinrai. This day, after dinner, we went all out for an ice cream along with sensei, so that everyone could chat with them in a relaxed atmosphere. In fact, the atmosphere began to relax so much that many of us just singing ... without drinking or anything, I ended singing an spanish sad love song from the XIX century.


It came on the third day of naginatajutsu keiko, Shimizu sensei decided to go deep in the second series Ryû no bu for those who would be his last day, as a parting gift. Training began with Hatsunagi, where once again saya was necessary. We continued with the second form, Yamato Emaki. Practicing this kata took us to the rest, because it is a long and complex work structured by Shimizu sensei, which combines three arts of long weapons she studied in the past: Naginata, yumi (bow) and yari (spear). After the break we continue with the last kata in this series: Kogarashi, also long, it is the first Ryôen ryû kata in which we can see the work is tantôjutsu. To end the workout, Shimizu sensei again encourage us to practice Fuji San. At the end of the Keiko, the deshi of Toda-ha Buko ryû naginata who participated in the seminar, delighted us with a small kihon embu from the basics of their school: cuts and trhusts. A very interesting work, from a old koryû.


The third day of training iaijutsu was very hard, we started with Kihon suburi, cutting in different directions as we go to the front and the rear of the sports center while walking. After this, Sekiguchi sensei returned to the second series to study the practical applications of some techniques. After that, we return to practice in pairs with Hassô kata and Yae Gaki from Tsume Iai no Kurai. Afte r the break, we continue with iaijutsu, specifically Bangai Sanbon and Bangai Gohon: Mae, Aranami, Kesa Guruma, Taki Guruma and Tatsu Maki.

The fourth day we trained the only naginata kata of the second series we had left to see: Namitsumi. We also studied one of the shorter kata, but also complex of the first series: Zashô. Once we do this kata, Shimizu sensei once again asked us courage, especially beginners, to perform the first form of the third series: Tora no Bu: Hi Omote. First, we show several times those who already had trained, and then had to practice together. Those who already knew could also perform kumitachi version. After the break, the older students took the bokken to make uchidachi for the beginners in the first 5 kata of the first series.


The first part of the fourth day of MJER iaijutsu was dominated by suburi kihon, followed by the second series, and finally the combination of all of them in the form Hayanuki Chudan both morote and katate. For the second part of the training, Sekiguchi sensei showed us the kumitachi series Tachi Uchi no Kurai, and its 7 pairs kata: De Ai, Kobushidôri, Zetsumyôken, Dokumyôken, Tsuba Dome, Ukenagashi and Mappô.


The fifth day of naginatajutsu train started strong in the fourth kata of the third series: Hishô. The reason for performing this extremely complicated is because, when we did it, then everyone knew, more or less, the steps of which consisted the kata: Naginata no mai, a sort of "dance" where numerous kata from our schoola re played together in a memory exercise and physical endurance. Thus, we end up with this kata keiko, that contains the following forms: Hishô, Namitsumi, Fuji San, Minamo, muso, Sempu sono ni, Ryûen and Hi Omote. This day several groups were formed by Shimizu sensei, each one performed the part of shidachi of kata: Dô giri sono ichi, Musô and Musubi Kiri, and the sempai did the uchidachi: Ryôen Rinka, Carlos and myself.


We started the 5th day of iaijutsu with the third series in tate-hiza position: Oku Iai Iwaza: Kasumi, Sunegakoi, Tôzume, Tôwaki, Shiho Giri, Tanashita, Ryôzume and Tora Bashiri. Once we started to feel pain in the knees for so much work or tate-hiza, we stood up for Bangai Sanbon. It was then when Sekiguchi sensei reveled us the surprise of the day, an approach to shinzan of Komei Jyuku, or cutting practice. In this case it was shimbun shinzan or cuts on Japanese newspapers sensei had brought. After a brief about the basic understanding of cutting, we urged that we cut the newspapers, both bokutô, as iaitô as shinken. No matter the type of weapon, you could see that if the cut was correct, the paper was divided in two pieces, but if the cut was not appropriate, you will wrinkled it. After the break, we practiced the kumitachi Tsume Iai no Kurai with kata: Suigetsu Tô and Kasumiken. Towards the end of keiko, we also had the opportunity to study the kata Iwanami / Namigaeshi, the only MJER waza, which, beyond applications and variations, has an intrinsic part of jujutsu.

The 6th day arrived and our legs and arms began to be felt tired, especially for those who did both courses, and trained over 9 hours each day. Ryôen ryû naginatajutsu we started practicing last remaining kata we see the first series: Naginata Zôri. This day also studied the singing of the poem Rôei from the kata Shihô Giri - Shihô Barai. Finally we did the kata of the four cuts, followed by Naginata no Mai.

In this penultimate day of iaijutsu keiko started with the practice of kata kumitachi Uroko Gata / Uroko Gaeshi of Tsume Iai no Kurai series. Everyone did a great effort to learn, but perhaps because of the extreme difficulty of it, about 30 minutes later, Sekiguchi sensei decided to go to the training of the 7 forms from the series of kumitachi Tachi Uchi no Kurai. This day, my parents came to see me, so Sekiguchi sensei  thinked that this could be a good reason to offer a very special embu. We made three series of koryû iaijutsu, plus two sets of Bangai, more Hayanuki Chudan morote / katate, then some of us made the 7 kenjutsu kata we had been doing before. In total we did about 59 kata (considering that each version of Hayanuki carries within 11 kata). With any rest, Sekiguchi sensei wanted that my parents could see some naginatajutsu, so he ask Shimizu sensei to organize an embu, where we do all together kata Shihô Giri - Shihô Barai (and I sang the Rôei). When we finished continued with Naginata no Mai. Finally, some deshi of naginata made pairs to perform 3 kata kumitachi each. In total, about 13 kata. The embu (both iaijutsu-naginatajutsu) was in total about 1 hour and a half, bringing the training to the end of the day.

The last day of the gasshuku of Ryôen ryû was dedicated almost exclusively to Reihô. The study of Japanese manners from the school Ogasawara ryû (which Shimizu sensei is Menkyo Kaiden shihan), is a fundamental part of our school. During more than two hours in seiza sitting position Shimizu was teaching the different rules of protocol to sit, bow and collect diplomas, with and without helper. After the break, we put into practice everything learned during the awards ceremony for the course of naginata. After that, we realize all the 10 kata of the first series, ending with Naginata no Mai.


The last iaijutsu keiko began with the practice of Bangai Sanbon series in chôtôjutsu style, and then with katana. After that, we trained kenjutsu / kumitachi of Tachi Uchi no Kurai Nanahon no kata series, changing partners several times until all people done it. With this, we reached the end of the day, making Sekiguchi sensei delivery of diplomas to those attending the gasshuku.



The next day, my father took the sensei and me to Alicante to take the AVE to Madrid. The deshi, Carlos, Miyuki and Pepe, came to say goodbye to the sensei. At 12:30 we arrived in Madrid, and at 13:30 Barajas airport, where we ate and bill luggage until 16h when they boarded the sensei way of Japan.
Once again I want to thank all who have been and those who have not been but you have contributed to the seminar possible. The sensei have been very happy with how the seminar next year, and I'm also very happy to have a deshi and fellows like you.

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