Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido

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Five Fundamentals of Sword

Nukitsuke: Drawing the sword

Furikaburi: Raising the sword overhead

Kirioroshi: Cutting

Chiburi: Flipping off the blood

Noto: Returning the sword to scabbard

History of Soke's  

Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto Shigenobu, Soke (Founder)
Tamiyama Heibei Narimasa, 2nd Soke
Nagano Muraku Nyudo, 3rd Soke
Momo Gumbei Mitsushige, 4th Soke
Arikawa Shozaemon Munetsugu, 5th Soke
Banno Denemon no Jo Nobusada, 6th Soke
Hasegawa Chikaranosuke (Mondonosuke) Eishin, 7th Soke
Arai Seitetsu Seishin, 8th Soke
Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa, 9th Soke
Hayashi Yasudayu Seisho, 10th Soke
Oguro Motomon Kiyokatsu, 11th Soke

             Style split

Tanimura-ha (Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu)                                 Shimomamura-ha (Muso Shinden-Ryu)

Hayashi Masu no Jo Masanari, 12th Soke
Yoda Manzo Takakatsu, 13th Soke
Hayashi Yadayu Masataka, 14th Soke
Tanimura Kame no Jo Takakatsu, 15th Soke
Goto Masasuke, 16th Soke
Oe Masamichi (1852-1927), 17th Soke
Hogiyama Namio (1891-1935), 18th Soke
Fukui Harumasa (1884-1971), 19th Soke
Kono Hyakuren (1899-1974), 20th Soke (Yamamura-ha)
Fukui Torao Seisan (1916 - 2001), 21th, Soke
Ikeda Takashi Seiko (1932 -), 22nd Soke 

The motto of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido

Iaido does not enable one to kill,
it is not meant for taking life.
It is expressly for the purpose of putting one's
own life on a peaceful course.

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Gozan-Koh (Granulated Sandalwood)
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Swords unsharpened recommended for drawing practice.
Iaito (recommended)
Obi (recommended)
Hakama (black recommended)
Iaido Gi Top(black recommended)
Montsuki (black formal wear)
Weapons bags
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Sword oil (recommended)
Sageo (replacement)
Kendo Gi top double and single weave (white recommended)
Hakama (deluxe permanent press black  recommended)
Swords unsharpened recommended for drawing practice.
Suburi Bokken
Weapons bags

Optional equipment
Indoor tabi (recommended)
Zoori plastic men's
Wooden geta

Iaido recommended equipment and suggested suppliers.
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Beginner's items to bring :
Bokken, Drawing tube (ask Rob), Obi (recommended) or Karate belt and/or Gung Fu sash (in place of obi),
Kendo Gi top white (recommended) or  Karate Gi (in place of Kendo Gi top), Hakama black (recommended) or Karate Gi pants.
   Historically, the samurai of Japan used Iaido as a fighting method. They were trained to draw their swords and battle their opponents using the quickest and most efficient moves possible. Attention to detail and accuracy were strongly emphasized as the smallest of mistakes could be fatal.

   The origins of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu (Peerless, Direct Transmission, True-Faith Style) can be traced back 450 years to Hayashizaki Minamoto Jinsuke Shigenobu (1546-1621) who lived in present day Kanagawa-ken which Kamakura is a part of. He was born in Yamagata-ken, Murayama-shi, Tateoka located in northern Japan.  It is said that he wanted to avenge the death of his father and was inspired to create Shinmei Muso-Ryu (Divinity Inspired Unparalled Style) while praying for guidance. Hayashizaki Soke is enshrined at Hayashizaki Iai Jinja the shrine in which he prayed.

   Over the last 450 years this style has evolved and has been passed down to different Sokes or Headmasters in charge of maintaining the integrity of the style. The current and 22nd Soke is Ikeda Takashi Seiko Sensei.

   Today, Iaido is taught as a series of small forms or katas. Attention to detail and accuracy are still strongly emphasized.  However, modern day students develop these qualities not to prepare for the battlefield, like the samurai, but for their own personal and spiritual development.