Yamaoka Tesshu

Yamaoka Tesshu is a remarkable figure from the turbulent era that marked the beginning of modern Japan. He attained profound enlightenment at the age of forty-five and became aware of the hidden laws of martial arts with sword, zen, and calligraphy. Yamaoka Tesshu is an extremely versatile and prolific master: an incomparable sword fighter who …

Musō Jikiden Eishin – Ryū

The founder of the early school of Eishin-ryu is Hayashizaki Minamoto no Shigenobu (1546-1621). Hayashizaki was born in Oshu, Dewa Province (present-day Yamagata Prefecture). Many of the historical details of Hayashizaki’s life are highly suspicious. It is assumed that he grew up during the constant wars in Japan and for this reason began to study …