Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu
Today, the most widely practiced style of iaido (sword drawing) in central Japan is “Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu” meaning “Peerless, Direct Transmission, True-Faith Style.” It celebrates a tradition of hands on instruction between the Teacher and Student. This means we do not publish books or training videos.
Unlike Kenjutsu / Kendo, this martial art is not a battle field martial art but one of unarmored self defense. It is founded on the concept of the nukitsuke (draw attack). This attack is frequently misunderstood as purely physical. It is, however, actually a mental attack; a disruption of the opponents intention.
With an unbroken lineage dating back about 450 years. Starting with the founder Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto Shigenobu. He lived between 1546 and 1621 in present day Kanagawa prefecture of Japan. This makes it one of the two oldest martial art forms in Japan. Second only to Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu.
The Komei Jyuku is recognized by both the Nihon Kobudo Kyokai and Nihon Kobudo Shinkokai. Both organizations require historians to research the lineage of the system and documentation of teaching certificates.