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Japanese Weapons:

Mizu Yama Budokan

Japanese Swordsmanship Classes



  We teach several different sword styles at Mizu Yama Budokan with the primary sword art being Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu Iaido. Iaido or Iaijutsu is the art of drawing and cutting with one fluid motion from the saya (scabbard) using the Japanese katana. Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu is known as a "koryu bujustsu" ( traditional martial art) with a direct lineage dating back 450 years to its founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu who is credited with developing Iaijutsu. In addition Ono-ha Itto Ryu and Eishin-Ryu Batto-ho are also taught.


       The current Soshihan (head master) and 22nd headmaster of the Masaoka-ha line of Muso Jikiden Eshin Ryu is Hanshi Carl Long. Who is also chairman and head of the kNBK (Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai) which Mizu Yama Budokan is a member.


      The KNBK honbu dojo emphasizes traditional practice and application of the techniques of the Muso Jikiden Eshin Ryu curriculum. This curriculum encompasses the practice of WAZA (solo techniques using an iai-to, non sharpened sword), KUMATACHI (partner exercises using a bokken, wooden sword) and TAMESHIGIRI (which is test cutting using a Shinken or live/sharp sword). These three components serve to reinforce and improve the other to make the student of iai-jutsu aware of proper body mechanics, focus and technique for effective use of the sword. All three of these principles, plus an integral observance and practice of sincere etiquette make up the core curriculum of Muso Jikiden Eishin-Ryu iaijutsu.



Michael L. Robinson

Patricia A. Hunt





††† Ryukyu Ryu Kobudo is and Okinawan Martial Art that uses various farm and fishing implements as weapons. There can be up to a dozen different weapons contained within the system. Here at Mizu Yama Budokan we teach five diffetent weapons from within the system.  These include the Rokushakubo (6' staff), Sai ( dagger shaped truncheon), tonfa (side handled baton), Kama (sickle) and Nunchaku ( chained sticks). In addition other weapons included are the Eku (oar), Tekko (steel knuckle duster), Surujin ( weighted chain) and tinbe-rochin (shield and short spear). 

     The oldest recorded use of these weapons was from 1762. There is much controversy as to the exact origin of each of these weapons. But Ryukyu Ryu Kobudo is a comprehensive weapons system onto itself. The word kobudo translates to "old weapons way".



Michael L. Robinson

Patricia A. Hunt





Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu is the art of using a short staff which is approximately 4' in length. Jo-jutsu traces its roots back to the time of feudal Japan and the Samurai Warrior class. And is used to defeat the sword.


     Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu was created by Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi in the 17th century. Gonnosuke is credited with, at least as the legend goes of defeating the famed swordsman Miyamoto Musashi. Initially Gonnosuke lost the first encounter with Musashi and retreated to Kamado Shinto Shrine where through a vision the concept of the Jo originated.


   The art of Jo-jutsu is nearly 400 years old and consist of 64 waza (forms) and 12 kihon (basic techniques). 


     Jo-jutsu is taught as a companion art to Iai-jutsu as both are very complimentary arts and techniques and applications learned from one are very applicable to the other.



Michael L. Robinson

Patricia A. Hunt



Located at 22020 Jefferson Blvd.††† †††††††††††† Class times: Monday †

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