Why choose Iaijutsu?
Many martial arts that have self defense applications in the current world often focus on developing those skills and techniques whilst overlooking the mental and spiritual training associated with the style.
Our style does not have an obvious 'street' application, however the skills and techniques do have practical use. The formal structure and moderate pace of our style create the perfect environment to develop mental discipline and spiritual awareness helping you improve your everyday life.
A brief history of our art
Born in the mid 16th Century Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu was born near modern day Murayama City, in the Yamagata prefecture to a Samurai family under the ruling Minamoto clan. After the death of his father in a duel, Hayashizaki being only young knew he would need a significant advantage if he was to defeat his fathers killer.
He entered the local Shinto shrine and spent 100 days in prayer and practice developing a technique of drawing and cutting in a single motion which he used to prevail in the duel. This style of swordsmanship became known as Shinmei Muso-Ryu (Divine Vision Style).
Hasegawa Chikara-no-Suke Hidenobu (known today as Hasegawa Eishin) a 7th generation disciple of Shinmei Muso-Ryu adapted the techniques used by Hayashizaki for the katana.
In about 1590 Hasegawa was asked to demonstrate his techniques for the recently unified supreme military commander of Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi who bestowed on him the title Muso Ken (Sword without Equal).
Eventually Shinmei Muso-Ryu became known as Hayashizaki Shin Muso-Ryu (Hayashizaki New Vision Style) and Hasegawa's system was renamed Hasegawa-Ryu or Eishin-Ryu to distinguish them.