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Komei Juku

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu

21st Grandmaster Sekiguchi Komei

Komei Crest

Komei Juku

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu

21st Grandmaster Sekiguchi Komei

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu

21st Grandmaster Sekiguchi Komei

Komei Crest

Komei Juku

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu

21st Grandmaster Sekiguchi Komei

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu

21st Grandmaster Sekiguchi Komei

21st Generation Dojo

Our specialty is the Iai Jutsu of our school, it is our single way. To follow this way, one must know the strike by imagining their enemy in front of them. They must be able to see this image with the same clarity as if it were real. This is how we practice the dimensions of our art, by visualizing our context so that we can engage its full depth. The fastest draw, the fastest cut, the immediate sheath.
Consider the meaning of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu. Muso means that there is no comparison to be made. It is incomparable. When the Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi had samurai demonstrate their ritual fight for him, he observed technique so miraculous he was certain there could be no equal on earth. From this experience, Shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi gave the name, Muso. With this given name and the 7th generation Hasegawa Hidenobu - Eishin’s name taken together, combined with the contribution to the Tosa Domain as a house sword technique, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu was born. This technique is being passed on to the current generation.
Numerous students have come to learn our Iai Jutsu, from all walks of life. We have many origins but we have a common path. Many have come, some go, some stay, I do not have an exact number. We are not just of Japan, but students in countries the world over. We are many and diverse but, we are all Komei Juku.
The relationship between the teacher and the student is that of the the needle and the thread. One guides the other toward a path that only the teacher can know and only the student can travel. It is a path that takes a lifetime to walk, often as a wanderer, but always in pursuit of the art. A student who is not committed to spending time with me, avoiding the opportunity to learn from me directly, is not considered my direct student. I do not need to keep a student who is not willing to commit. My path to train is for my own purpose. For the student who is willing, it is an opportunity that may come once in a lifetime.
When you face the sword, you face yourself.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
The Nippon Budokan preserves martial tradition in Japan and, while it has no binding legal oversight, it is recognized throughout Japan and the world for systematically preserving ancient Japanese martial arts. Nippon Budokan celebrates the wide variety of ancient Japanese martial institutions and preserves them through research, examination, training and demonstration. Membership in the Nippon Budokan is limited to organizations with a clear martial tradition and lineage. Komei Juku is proud to be a full member of Nippon Budokan, and our school is present every other year to represent Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu through the demonstration our art.
The ancient art contributes to modern life. The core goal, for all Iai Jutsu practitioners, is to win without drawing one’s sword. Our core essence and spirit is found in the quick draw and the quick sheath. That is all, how to win without fighting.
The samurai period lasted roughly 800 years, during which time the Bushi took charge of politics. Even after transformation to the Tokugawa period, the samurai culture remained; lasting until the end of the Tokugawa Edo period. The culture is often symbolized by the sword and the concepts surrounding it.
Sekiguchi Sensei’s continuing effort is to improve himself as a symbol for our path. There won’t be any end to improving himself and he will continue doing so until the last moment of his life. The Bushi’s soul and wisdom, and everything that helped them survive, was condensed conceptually into Iai Jutsu. This is the essence of Iai Jutsu, 800 years of survival. Knowing Iai Jutsu is not about winning against others, rather it is about winning against yourself.
Iai Jutsu is all about the withdrawal of the sword and its return to the Saya - Noto. Throughout his training, Sekiguchi Sensei keeps his mind clear. When Sekiguchi Sensei trains with sword, he eliminates all the extra thoughts, concerns, and anything that might distract his focus. When you face the sword, you face yourself. The sword is the knowledge that we inherit from our Grandmasters and we pray for the wisdom to inform that knowledge.
Facing toward your teacher, and your belief, allows one to absorb the demeanor of Iai Jutsu. It shows in one’s dress and state of mind and guides how one should present oneself when practicing Iai Jutsu.
The proper way to train Iai Jutsu is to imagine your opponent in your mind. This constant visualization is the Bushido way, your strength of mind with Shinken.
Sekiguchi Sensei’s path has allowed Sensei to meet many people who are also the greatest artists of their own path. Those people have lifted Sensei and promoted him. Their wisdom and navigation has helped him to stay on the right path. Because of their support, Sekiguchi Sensei was able to stay on the path he chose and keep going.
Sekiguchi Sensei began learning Japanese Budo in Junior High School. Throughout his life Sekiguchi Sensei studied Judo, Kendo, Karate, Kobudo (Juhou, Koppo Jutsu, Buki Jutsu) and Iai Jutsu.
Sekiguchi Sensei has never stopped learning and he has never given up. Sekiguchi Sensei understands that learning many different arts, allows one to determine one's main focus. Understanding other arts allows one to chose what suites best. Fall down seven times but, get up eight times. Leaning the first thing leads to knowing the tenth.
Sensei believes in the wisdom he received while he attended Koudoukan Judo: keep moving forward without giving up. Pursuing a path and achieving a goal, will provide answers for other aspects of one’s life. This philosophy became Sekiguchi Sensei’s core belief and motto. Sensei would rather have the assets of the heart than money. I received this wisdom from my teacher and I always burn it into my sword to remember. Sekiguchi Sensei's policy is to treat subordinates better than oneself and not to worry about one's superiors.
The Komei Juku philosophy is One mind, One heart - Isshin.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
Sekiguchi Sensei is wondering how many more mountains he can summit before he passes away. According to Sekiguchi Sensei, he learned so much from his teachers and senior students. Because of this knowledge, Sensei developed his mind within the structure of Budo.
Sekiguchi Sensei imagines the journey to three mountains. One mountain is the path to the Devine - God, the second mountain is the path to Buddha, and the last mountain is the path to becoming a person. I am the Bushido. I have developed the spirit of the Samurai and my mission is to illuminate the path for the people behind me so that they may travel that path also.
If one’s heart is in the right place, then one can dedicate oneself to the sword. It can be pursued throughout one’s life. A Samurai’s name remains, even after they are gone. No need to rely on religion or God, one can continue their prayer in the sword. To live for the gift that has been given, to challenge fate, and pursue the mission. The Komei Juku philosophy is One mind, One heart - Isshin. It is about global peace for Bushido and it helps to develop one’s high spirit and morality.
My style is often called no enemy, no comparison. The reason is that we do not create an enemy, so our school style is about not having an enemy. Instead of overcoming the weak, you should try to overcome yourself. There is no one below you but, if you decide to lift your veil, there are high mountains ahead of you. If you look up, there is always someone sitting higher than where you are. Do not struggle against the flow, move with the flow. However, do not change your policy. It is about being behind someone, not about positioning yourself in front of others. Maintain a flat surface without disturbances. Learn that struggling against someone is not the way. Do not fight, or compete. Do not cut anyone, but don’t let anyone cut you. Maintain the peace and maintain a calm surface.
Sekiguchi Sensei’s mentor was Onoe Masamitsu Sensei, 20th generation Soke. He excelled at a multitude of arts including Karate, Jujitsu, Kendo and weapons skills in addition to Iai Jutsu. His knowledge was vast. He was the master of Eishin Iai Jutsu. He passed away at his home in Tokyo. In addition to being 20th Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, he was the 9th Tenshin Ryu Taiko Ryu (Jiu Jutsu, Koppo Jutsu, Buki Jutsu). He was the inheritor of Meibukan in Tokyo.
The 20th Generation Onoe Masamitsu inherited Tosa Yamauchi family Iai Jutsu technique and founded Meibukan in Tokyo where he taught. His goal was to teach all of his students to improve themselves and cultivate high qualities, without concern for personal gain. I found a deep meaning in this message and made a decision at that moment to devote the remainder of my life to this art.
Drawing the sword and returning it is simple and powerful.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
Iai Jutsu is about focusing on strength rather than weakness. One needs to learn that winning against others is not a victory. This must be understood. It must be known that victory is found within oneself. Drawing the sword and returning it is simple and powerful. A samurai must understand why this is both simple and powerful. This is Iai Jutsu.
When one trains the important thing to keep in mind is very simple and very difficult: remain active, remain calm. This is easy to say and hard to do. Pay respect to the training by removing all distractions that pull attention from the sword and the instruction of the teacher. Put the entire mind into the training without reserve and the purity of the art will be reflected in the practitioner. One’s demeanor should be clean, neat and well kept both mentally and physically. When a student faces their teacher, it is in this way that it is done.
Since I intersected the path of Iai Jutsu, my way has not been easy. Moving forward is not alway possible alone and often it requires the assistance of others. It is this path that I have walked and I have not strayed from this path, rather I have walked it diligently. By knowing one path well, the practitioner can find their way. Perseverance is the heart of the journey. Seven times one can fall yet, eight times one will rise.
I learned such a great body of knowledge from the many excellent teachers I have had. Each of them has contributed a portion of my understanding of Budo. I was given a motto by my Judo teacher, "Choose a goal, see only that goal.". One can achieve any path that has one’s full focus. And as one path is traveled, the strength to travel other paths is gained.
The philosophy of Komei Juku can be found the in the moral fiber of Budo and the ethics of the devoted student. It is a spiritual philosophy that supports global peace.
The sword is the soul of the Samurai, with which he carries out justice, upholds his responsibility, and completes his mission. With the sword we shed the blood, sweat and tears of the Samurai family. Each samurai is a single solider in an unbroken line of soldiers spanning centuries of real Japanese history. A culture of discipline and devotion unique to the soldiers that live this life as I do. This is the family I was born into and I live in its flow and there I find love.
We hear it from our teachers, who heard it from their teachers, who passed it down and kept it alive.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
I feel an overflowing sense of love and respect for people. Especially for those who love and honor what is important and irreplaceable - that which we cannot lose. It is a love of strong determination and of true faith. A love of iron loyalty and heart.
The Samurai spirit forms the roots of Japan’s vision. It is a vision that is clear not cloudy. A vision that can power a hopeful future and a vision that all can share. The Samurai preserves the soul of the ancient Japanese warrior through Iai Jutsu. When one practices Iai Jutsu it is possible to hear the voice of the Samurai, it is the voice of the sword, the voice of Iai Jutsu. We hear it from our teachers, who heard it from their teachers, who passed it down and kept it alive.
This is my road and my journey. This is the path that we walk, developing along the way and remembering our original intention. I am always traveling toward my understanding of Iai Jutsu, as we all are. Even a small child, a powerless child, can build confidence in the body and the mind. Just as a castle wall can be built one stone at a time, a body can be strengthened one lesson at a time. In this way we can become as strong as the castle wall; summing our many hours of training into a solid foundation of strength.

- Sekiguchi Komei Sensei

Translation by Sonoko Nakano

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