1. True History of
Iai-do `Hidden Truth`
@The beginning of discord of
orthodox group and collateral group
@About genealogy fabrication
@@I have been skeptic for a long time about the birth of Tanimura
orthodox faction and Shimomura collateral faction, and also about the
discord between them. I have had wondered whether I should take off the
small fish bone stuck in my throat, or leave it there. I came to
understand that I could figure out this doubt by researching the 9th
headmaster in Tosa, HAYASHI Rokudayu Masamori himself, and his clan.
Although this clan produced 4 orthodox headmasters, there is no mention
of them in historical documents in both direct and collateral lines.
This was hidden and no one could refer to it. The only reference found
about the 9th headmaster mentioned that he had been an apprentice of
Ohmori Rokuro-emon in sword-fighting.
belong to the orthodox school. All Japan Kendo Federation adopted the
Iai from collateral sect after the WWII and used Ski Journal Publishing
Inc. as a running dog. In Kendo Nippon Monthly, the Federation featured
special editions repeatedly, and also published many books on
collateral Iai-do. It claimed over and over the legitimacy of lineage
which had been fabricated. In these journals and books, it inserted
fabricated lineage. It had the collateral line slickly descended from
the Orthodox and forced its line into the Orthodox. For so long the
Federation claimed this to the public, crime piled up, and covered up
its negative legacy without regretting.
its arbitrary historical view sees no end. It started to criticize not
only about the master clan who had been deceased, but also about the
techniques. This can be seen in gMuso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, Full
Interpretationh by IWATA Ken-ichi, Kendo Nippon Monthly, (November
placed photographs of the headmasters OHE (17th), HOKIYAMA (18th), and
FUKUI (19th), infringing portrait right. It also objected repeatedly
the issue of who were headmasters and not. This method was succeeded
from Introduction to Iai-do (1968) written by certain KAMO. It also was
a serial from Detailed Analysis of Iai, Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu by
MITANI, which objected to the succession issue at the orthodox masterfs
clan. The highlight of this book is a very neat calligraphy at the end.
It reads YAMAMOTO Seisuke, 18th. But, this is a lie. Mr. Ohshima,
chairman of the All Japan Kendo Federation, highly praised as
gclear-cuth Iai. This book was also published from Ski Journal Inc.
lineage can be considered as a family register now. The precise title
of the lineage under discussion is Han Chu-Senzo Keizuchou (ancestral
lineage of the clan). The Federation seemed to violate commercial law
by this exaggerated advertisement and also violate criminal law as
@Nakayama Hakudoh and Shinden-Ryu
@@@@With what evidences
did the collateral
sect stepped into the legitimate headmasterfs clan without permission?
Now we get to the connection between NAKAYAMA Hakudo and the collateral
lines. Nakayama jumped at the fake sword fighting technique with noisy
footwork. He carelessly either bought or was made to buy the Tosa
Shin-den Ryu Book of Secret from a Tosa-born politician named HOSOKAWA
who was a fake Iai instructor. Nakayama had identified his fake
beginnerfs forms as Ohmori Ryu for a while. As he bought this Book of
Secret, he suddenly started Shin-den Ryu. He called Shin-den Ryu
immediately after the legitimate 18th headmaster Hokiyama passed away.
Nakayama claimed that he combined techniques of Eishin Ryu intermediate
and Ohmori Ryu beginner forms. This was deformation aimed for the
elderly. I suspect that Nakayama could not stand the hard training with
Seiza and Tatehiza which force callus knees. Today, practitioners can
find knee pads at stores, lessen the pain, but before the WWII, Iai
training was said to be of infernal toughness.
By the way, when I first started practicing Iai, I felt that I couldn't
endure even for 3 months. Others felt the same way. Having water on my
knees, feeling electrical sensations, I jumped up with pain when my
knees touched the floor. I used to be weary of my master, 21st
headmaster's determined trainings. And advanced rank forms techniques
waited knee burns from frictions against the floor. These
trainings were the most difficult ones even for athletes such as Kendo,
Judo and others, or Zen practitioners. Most definitely, even monks
would flee away. When I took a day off, knee callus got thinner. The
training would be difficult for people in their 40s or older. The fake
sword-man Nakayama, unable to endure his pain, established a fake new
school that imitated the fake collateral line Iai.
Here, a new fake Iai-do
sword-fighting school, Shin-den Ryu was born.
It was 1935 (10th year of Showa.)
Suddenly, techniques formerly called Ohmori Ryu turned into Shin-den
Nakayama was treated as a VIP in the
world of Kendo, and also an
apprentice of a certain NEGISHI at sword-fighting school, Shindo-Munen
Ryu. At this time, Nakayama knew he couldn't make his livings by just
teaching Kendo or sword fight. The heritage from Negishi, Yushin-kan
Dojo, had been burnt down by second arson.