Everything includes logic, technique, theory etc. These elements can be investigated deeply and intently. However it is almost impossible to comprehend everything at the same time. There are essentially two ways of rationalising things. One is sharp mentality the other through physical activity. To logically comprehend things and to physically experience things, both are essential if we want to advance in technical ability. This book is analytically written based on my teachers tuition and my own experience So not sure if it will be approved of by all that read it. Therefore I would appreciate it if this book was used as a significant guide.
IN APPRECIATION OF FORMER TEACHERS
From August 1957 onwards for 20 years I was given generous instruction by Yamamoto Takuji Sensei (a student of the 17th Master Oh-e Masamichi). I think I managed to memorize the complete background of the Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu of Tosa. Which is the reason I am writing this book. To reintroduce the original forms and techniques, just in case the style is changed in future.
Writing minute technical details may present an oversight. However I will do my utmost. I take full responsibility if there is any misinformation. It is of the utmost importance that I leave the information which I have received from Yamamoto Sensei, Mori Shigeki Sensei, Fukui Harumasa Sensei (19th Master), Takaoka Den Sensei and many other members of the preceding generation. Also I would like to pay my special respects and gratitude to Mori Sensei a close friend of the 18th master Hokiyama Namio Sensei, Fujimura Yoneji Sensei of Kagawa, Imo-o Taketoshi Sensei and members of Kagawa Roshukai.
ATTITUDES TOWARDS TRAINING
When we decide to examine the continuity of an Iaido Ryu, there is more than one path to choose from;
1, Keep to the original or originators method and theory and comply to it without question or hesitation.
2, Disregarding the history or background of a particular Ryu, simply train according to given instruction.
Above are briefly are the two major classes. I have chosen the first one It is straightforwardly possible to trace technical development back to the period of Master Oe. In between The originator Hayashizaki Jinsuke and the11th Master Goto Masataka there are no detailed records available except for a list of numerical order and a very brief explanation of techniques.
I WAS EXTREMELY FORTUNATE TO HAVE GREAT TEACHERS SUCH AS:
1, YAMAMOTO TAKUJI Sensei. Direct student of Oh-e Masamichi, studying under him 7 days a week for 7 years, during the latter period of in the life of Oh-e Sensei.
2, M0RI SHIGEKI Sensei. He was a student of Oh-e Sensei from 54 years of age until he passed away. Signifying that he inherited the spirited technical method of Oe Sensei.
3, FUKUI HARUMASA Sensei (19th Master) TAKAOKA DEN Sensei. Associates who studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu for many years under Oh-e Sensei.
I studied under these teachers to reach the level of Hanshi. Through training under them, I realised the importance of understanding the hard work by Oh-e Sensei had done in formulating the techniques of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu.
From 1964 onwards for three years I wrote my sentiments in a the Nihon Budo newspaper and asking readers for opinions.
Even amongst my teachers opinion sometimes diverged. Perhaps because their own tuition was in a different period during the life of Oh-e Sensei. Unavoidably Sensei himself may have altered things corresponding by age and experience. For example he formulated an updated Koryu and clearly established other forms. He also created Henka-waza/Kae-waza (alternative techniques). There were some differences amongst the aforementioned teachers. However etiquette in the Dojo was exactly the same as Oh-e Sensei had taught. His influence must have been powerful and austere.
Nevertheless I am writing this book without the experience of direct tuition from Oh-e Sensei. Therefore, I shall be looking forward to receiving some readers opinions and criticism for the future development of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu,