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Carved into Musashi's Bokuto, Jisso Enman means, "Without adaptation"

Miyamoto Musashi Fujiwara no Genshin
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Terao Kyumanosuke Nobuyuki (Second name can be read as Motomenosuke)
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Terao Goemon Katsuyuki
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Yoshida Josetsu Masahiro
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Santo Hikozaemon Kyohide
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Santo Hanbe Kiyoaki
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Santo Shinjuro Kiyotake
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Aoki Kikuo Hisakatsu
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Kiyonaga Tadanao Masami
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Imai Masayuki Nobukatsu

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Iwami Toshio Gensho (Harukatsu)

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Kajiya Takanori

Kobudo Kyokai in affiliation with Nippon Budokan and Kobudo Shinkokai. Needless to say any other so called ha or group could attempt to join such an association "if" they could produce relevant artifacts and documentation to back up their claim and show a living practical tradition that actually related to those documents.

A private ceremony took place at Usa-Oita Hombu Dojo on 24th November 2003 when Imai soke presented three menkyo kaiden. It should be well noted that this award over the ages has been given to successors of a ryu and also as meigi (honorary) recognition for a service one might have given to ryu. Certification to someone with little or no practical experience. Following this on the 20th December of that year an inaugaration ceremony was held in Kokura. This day was designated as Seishin Chokudo no Hi - The day of choosing a straight path in life. A commemoration stone was erected at the foot of Kokura Jo near Ogasawara Kinenkan. Iwami Toshio Gensho was inuagurated as Hyoho Niten Ichiryu Seito Ju-Ichidai

 

The ceremony was opened by Colin Hyakutake-Watkin, a menkyo holder of the ryu with a ceremony of Honzan Shugenshu and Choken Batto Jutsu Kageryu. Various speeches were given by dignitaries welcoming the ryu back to Kokura. Among these was one by the present generation descendant of Musashi's son Miyamoto Iori. he spoke of the well documented history of Musashi living in Kokura. His third son was a retainer of the Lord Ogasawara Tadazane. r As The appointed new Soke was a resident of Kokura it was the wish of the family that the hombu would now return to Kokura.

The inuaguration was finalized by an embu of the Ito and Nito Seiho between the 10th headmaster and his succesor

To this day the area is has been used for embu and ceremonial purpose of the Ryu. With relation to the above picture on 24th of November 2003 a new succesor and 12th Soke was appointed. The new and official 12th Soke is now Kajiya Takanori.

|As for the past. One of the Menkyo holders Kiyonaga Fumio left the hombu to start his own group separate to Imai Soke back in 2004. Within that group was also the Taiwan representative and menkyo holder Chin Kin. Kiyonaga Fumio died in November 2008 preceding Imai Soke. The group then leaderless could not return to Imai Soke and sought recognition elsewhere. They turned to Gosho Motoharu a Shihan of the Sekiguchi ryu. The Sekiguchi Ryu who had previously been connected with the 8th Sohke Aoki Kikuo. Gosho Motoharu like many of us had previously assisted Imai Sohke. He can be seen on old Nippon Budokan video with Imai Sohke. He also assisted Soke on an Australian seminar. Over the years many of us have had the priviledge to assist Soke myself included. But this does not automatically make me a successor. Obviously the only person that can designate a 12th successor is the 11th one. If every assistant became a Soke? We would have 50 Soke by now.

At that particular time I was Kocho Bucho of the ryu. I feel that I should post details online to make the matter clear being one of the only people that was privy to to what took place. My other reason for doing so is remembering how devastated Soke was when his trusted Menkyo kaiden left the hombu. Also I am disgusted at the disrespect that has been shown to Soke since he passed away. A distinct lack of Budo Seishin that leaves one wondering why some even bother to practice and study Musashi's philosophy.

Succession in the Hyoho Niten Ichiryu, the name designated by Musashi towards the end of his life does not follow a hereditary pattern. It is attested by artifacts, Scrolls of the ryu and the Jisso Enman no Bokuto. And above all a lifetimes teaching of the physical attribute and education in Buddhism and deep understanding of Musashi's mu. Throughout the generations certain students have also been acknowledged by previous Soke during their life leading towards the final choosing of a successor. They have perhaps gone away or the Soke has moved on with contact being broken. In some case this group can remain as a 'ha" or family group of the original ryu. This has no bearing as to who is chosen in finality to continue a line.

Even to this day one can be asked about establishing a Ha. I had been taught exclusively by the 10th Soke along with the 11th. As a new Soke continues with the ryu as his own intellectual property I was sanctioned to continue on my own if I wanted to practicing as the 10th Soke had done. I respectfully declined for various reasons. Over the years a Ha can become fragmented until it no longer resembles the original ryu and lacks authenticity As it is I see few people, even in Japan that have an interest in Koryu. Why split thing even more. First and foremost is giri, ones duty and obligation. if that goes out of the window in koryu I see little point in continuing. Most of all a ryu is living tradition.

Shown right the Jisso Enman no Bokuto was handed over to the new Soke along with scrolls that have handed down throught the centuries by previous Soke of the ryu.The bokuto is now designated as a national treasure. Imai Soke took it to Usa shrine for safe keeping. In Musashi's time the transmission of written text was rare. Transmission by means of writing as well as direct teaching reflects the recognition of real intuitive comprehension on a personal level.The purpose of the ryu is to be able to others something that one has deeply understood oneself along with reading. Reccomended reading of Miyamoto Musashi such as Gorin no Sho, Sanjugo no Kajo and Dokkodo are all available in understandeable English by a respected practitioner of the art, Kim Taylor Sensei. I would not advise reading anything by people that have never practiced the ryu that add their own opinions.

Musashi's wish was to perpetuate his art to three sucessors among a thousand students around 1640. To Terao Magonojo, his younger brother ky Kyumanosuke and to Furuhashi Sozaemon. He considered Terao Magonojo to excel in technique but lack in reflection. Furuhashi Sozaemon excelled in reflection but lacked technique. Magonojo recieved the Gorin no Sho on the instructions that he should read it and burn it. borrowed it fora few days and on the the orders of the Lord Hosokawa Mitsuhisa he made two copies. One for Hosokawa and one for himself that he transmitted under the name of Ihon Gorin no Sho. The best known artifact today is the Hosokawa copy. After the death of Musashi Terao Magonojo appealed to Miyamoto Iori to take over the ryu. Miyamoto refused saying it was his father wish that his student should become the new leader.Terao Magonojo later yielded the role of succesor to his younger brother Terao Kyumanosuke who had recieved the Hyoho san from Musashi. It was Kyumanosuke that transmitted to his students this document with seven added instructions called the Hyoho Shiji ni Kajo.a