Even as the 21st Grandmaster of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ruy, Sekiguchi Sensei still feels he cannot say that he has achieved anything. While Sensei is getting to a good age, Sensei feels nowhere near the greatest man that he can imagine. Sekiguchi Sensei’s goal is to keep training the sword, as he disciplines his body. Sekiguchi Sensei needs to have clear vision, without the fog of distraction. Sensei needs to maintain his heart, so there is no obstruction to seeing the truth, or hearing things accurately. He can judge a situation correctly by keeping all his senses active; being aware of distance through sound, touch and vision. All one’s senses need to be active. The goal is to avoid cutting and to avoid being cut. Do not hurt anybody, but do not let anybody hurt you either.
The goal is to avoid cutting and to avoid being cut.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
Sekiguchi Sensei instructs the teacher to apply the patience necessary to take the pain and difficulty away. Find what the student needs. Feed that need. The question is, can one cultivate themselves before they attempt to govern others? Sekiguchi Sensei wants to be a person of poverty and integrity. Such a person, a person with the knowledge of mercy and compassion, is one who thinks of others. Without ambition this person is open to enlightenment, to the sword, and to the path that people around the world follow as they devote themselves.
This is how we develop our skills, with the sword and as leaders.Sekiguchi Komei Sensei
Sekiguchi Sensei is training when Sensei is awake. Every day, every season and every year, Sekiguchi Sensei trains around the world. Our school preserves our art in facilities as diverse as ancient shrines and school gymnasiums. Every year we gather for the second half of January, in Chiba Prefecture, at Nippon Budokan Katsuura - National Martial Arts Training Center. This is our cold weather camp and here Komei Juku students from countries across the world train non-stop. At Katsuura we wake at 5:00 in the morning and train until 10:00 at night. We stop only to eat three times each day. We train together, under one roof, as a single school, even though we are from around the world. This is how we develop our skills, with the sword and as leaders. Sekiguchi Sensei teaches about knowing one school, one flow, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Jutsu. It is not about comparing one school with another.