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A nice one for this Sunday: Mizoguchi Ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu.
You will find some similarities with Ono Ha Itto Ryu, as this school comes from Ono Ha.

The Mizoguchi-ha has its roots as many other sword schools in the Itto-ryu, that was developed by Ittosai Kagehisa. Mizoguchi Shingoemon Masakatsu was a student of the second headmaster of the Ono-ha Ittoryu, before he created his own school, the Mizoguchi-ha Ittoryu.
The curriculum of this school is based on of 5 techniques with the long sword, carried out each as omote and ura version, plus three techniques with the short sword.

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We've got a new blog article for you.
It's a translation of a French article we've published a few years ago after a visit at the Nogawa workshop.
Aizome dyeing, indigo blue, also known as “Japanese blue”, is a traditional dyeing since the dawn of time. It has long been used in many fields: for working clothes, decorative fabrics to samurai garments and armors. Nogawa Masatoshi, 3rd generation, welcomes us in his studio and introduces to us the traditional indigo as the Nogawa workshop has been making it since 1914.

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Sorry, no video yesterday. We're quite busy at the moment and video editing takes a bit longer than excepted.

Anyway, today's video is Muhi Muteki Ryu Jojutsu.
Quite an interesting one with original Jo techniques coming from the spear.

The founder of this school was an expert in spear techniques that built the basic for this art. It has been said that during the fierce battle of Sekigahara (1600) his spearhead broke but that he kept fighting with only a simple branch.
Some characteristics and principles that describe this art are:
- The Kamae (position) is stemming from the spear with the foot position showing a T-shape
- Using maneuvers like "pretending to strike but pull back, pretending to pull back but pierce, pretending to pierce but cut"
- Concepts like Ishindenshin (unspoken communication), Senpenbanka (adapting to or changing the techniques infinitely) and to overcome the opponent with a stroke of lightening speed
- The most important being the power of observation/, the second the Kiai and the third the Kamae

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Something we don't see that often, Sojutsu (spear) demonstration, with Saburi Ryu Sojutsu.

The founder of the Saburiryu Sojutsu (spearmanship) is Saburi Shigetake who is from the northern part of the Fukui prefecture. Dates of birth and death are unknown, however, it is a fact that he was a military commander around 1600.
Drawn from the Chujoryu, he studied the Todaryu spearmanship, based on which he developed his own art. Used is a 9 shaku long spear (272 cm) with a hook like piece that is used to control the opponents weapon.

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Quite a famous Iaijutsu school today, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu.
Noticed the size of the blade used at the begining ? That's a men's swords!

This school was founded in the early 1600 and is one of the oldest and most famous sword schools existing, rooting in the Hasegawa Eishin-ryu. It has a catalog of two times 45 Waza: one set of solo Kata and another of Kumitachi (pair Waza). The latter is often reserved for advanced students, and are rarely seen outside of Japan. For the solo waza, there is only a Katana used, for Kumitachi there is also the Odachi (long sword) and the Kodachi (short sword).

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Due to a small technical issue, this video is shorter than we would have liked, but since this is one of the very few Battojutsu school practicing in armor, we've decided to edit and upload it anyway.

Shojitsu Kenrikata Ichi Ryu Kacchu Battojutsu
Imaeda Sanaka Fujiwara Ryotai, born in 1647, is mentioned as the founder of this art. From his father he learned the Imaedaryu Kenjutsu, and traveled with his uncle to Edo (former Tokyo and seat of the Tokugawa Shogunate), accomplishing his studies of the sword under his uncle's guidance. Imaeda also learned Yagyuryu, Kittoryu, Kashiwararyu and founded a Bujutsu Dojo in Edo.
The characteristics of his school are deeply rooted in the family's Imaedaryu Kenjutsu, especially the techniques of drawing the sword.
The maneuver to shake off the blood of the sword and wipe it clean with two fingers before returning it to its scabbard, as well as the way of kneeling are also special to this art.

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Who doesn't know the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu school ?
Yeah, almost nobody here I suppose.
Enjoy the last demonstration of the Otake sensei's group !

And for those who don't know :
Founded by Iizasa Choisai Ienao, a famous spearman and swordsman, in the 15th century, it is one of the oldest Japanese martial arts. The current headmaster is for reasons of health not teaching and replaced by the mainly representative instructor Nobutoshi Otake
What is particular in this sword school and visible in the movements and postures of the duelists, is that the techniques are have developed with and for Samurai wearing the so called Yoroi, (armor), weighing around 35 kg, standing on uneven ground. This slows down and restricts the movement greatly and the attacking areas include by the armor uncovered sensitive points.

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Today, an original demonstration, the Yoshin Ryu Naginata Jutsu school.
Almost exclusively practiced by women in traditional Kimono, this is a very nice demonstration.

Founded by Shirobei Yoshitoki who lived around 1490-1571, most likely born in Kyushu. From there, the art spread and is now mainly taught in Hiroshima.
This art is mostly practiced and transmitted by women. As one can be attacked in any situation, the most logical trainings gear would be everyday clothing - and that is the reason why they are wearing Kimono. As the founder had a background in medicine, it is also taught how some parts of the clothing can be used as bandages in case of need. Practitioners of this art study over 70 techniques to be prepared for every attack and every situation, which they should face with a state of mind "as graceful as a weeping willow, cutting flesh and breaking bones".
Originally, the curriculum of the Yoshinryu included weapons like the Ken, Hanbo, Kusarigama, long and short spear, and techniques without weapons, but is now focusing on the Naginatajutsu.

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We're still on tracks! Today, Chikubujima Ryu Bojutsu.

The founder of the Chikubushimaryu Bojutsu is Nanba Heiji who lived roughly 800 years ago and was an expert with the Naginata. It is said that during the battle between the Genji and Heike clans his Naginata broke and he, although left with only the wooden base of his weapon, was undefeated. This experience bears the origin of this art, that he named after the Chikubu island, an island in the Lake Biwa on which a Temple is built dedicated to the Goddess Benzaiten, who Nanba deeply worshiped.
The actual techniques were unchanged and are still practiced in their ancient forms. They aim to defeat the opponent by attacking his vital points with quick, direct and only few movements. To achieve this, the training has to focus on the mind, the Kiai and the technique being neat and united with the Bo.

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The next one is for Kenjutsu adepts: Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu, the school of the famous Miyamoto Musashi.

This Kobudo oiginates in Miyamoto Musashis' famous Niten Ichi Ryu, and is known for its techniques using 2 swords, a Katana and a Wakizashi.
The meaning of the Hyoho (art of war) in this school is the "training of the heart/spirit", a way to achieve enlightenment. As without that, there cannot be victory.
The characteristics of that shown in the technique is to "know the opponents sword without seeing it" or in other words, enter and defeat the opponent before he has even moved his sword.
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