Mugai ryu (??? Mugai-ryu ? ) is a Japanese koryu
martial art school founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi (?
???? ? ) in 23 June 1680.
The founder of Mugai ryu, Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi ???
?? was born to Tsuji Yadayu descendant of Sasaki
Takadzuna, in the second year of Keihan (in 1649, the
beginning of the Edo period), in the Miya-mura-aza village
area ??? of Masugi ??, in the Koka-gun district ??
? of Omi ??; what is now Shiga Prefecture. When he
was 13 he went to Kyoto to study Yamaguchi-ryu
swordsmanship under Sensei Yamaguchi Bokushinsai,
and at the age of 26 he received kaiden (full
transmission) and opened a school in Koishikawa ???
in Edo; what is now Tokyo. In order to cultivate, train and
improve his spirit, mind and body, he went to study Zen
and Classical Chinese literature under Zen monk Sekitan
Ryouzen ???? at Kyukoji temple ??? in Azabu
Sakurada-cho ?????. At the age of 32 he reached
enlightenment and received from his Zen teacher a formal
poem taken from the Buddhist scriptures as an
acknowledgment and proof of his accomplishment.
Gettan Sukemochi used the word Mugai from this poem
to represent his school of swordsmanship.
It is recorded that among his pupils were Ogasawara
Sado-no-kami* Nagashige, a very powerful feudal lord,
Sakai Kangeyu* Tadataka, a feudal lord of a castle in
Maebashi, Yama-no-uchi Toyomasa, a powerful feudal
lord of the Tosa area, as well as 50 daishomyo, high level
samurai having a status slightly lower than that of a
feudal lord level with stipends above 10 000 koku, 150
jikisan-no-shi, the Shogun's direct vassals with stipends
below 10 000 koku, and 932 baishin, the vassals of feudal
lords. (* These names were given to these feudal lords by
the emperor and are symbols of their very high status.)
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi was unmarried and it is assumed
that he had no offspring as he took the eldest son of Head
priest Sawatari Bungo-no-kami ?? ?????, of
Okunitama ????? Shrine in what is now known as
the Tokyo provincial government area, as his successor.
Shinkan Sawatari (Bungo-no-kami)'s eldest son took the
name **Tsuji Kimata Sukehide ??????? after Tsuji
Gettan Sukemochi and thus became Nidai, Tsuji the II.
Kimata opened the dojo in Kojimachi ?? (** Although
the kanji for ?? is different from the original ? the
pronunciation is the same and represents a succession.)
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi was known not just as a master
of the sword, but as an enlightened philosopher and
scholar, and his writings Mugai Shinden Kempo Ketsu ?
????? is recognized as a superb and unique book in
Japan's martial arts literature for its depth, flowing style
and elegant composition.
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi died on June 23 in the 12th year
of Kyo-ho ?? (1725) at the age of 79. The tombs of
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi's successors are kept at the
Buddhist priest's cemetery for Nyoraiji temple ???,
which is in the town of Nishioi ???? in the Shinagawa
The school retains both iaijutsu and kenjutsu in its
curriculum, and has a strong connection with Zen due to
Gettan's belief that the "sword and Zen are the way of the
same Truth".  The name "Mugai" comes from the
Ippou jitsu mugai
Kenkon toku ittei
Suimo hou nomitsu
Douchaku soku kousei
"There is nothing other than the One True Way
Heaven and Earth profit from this single Virtue
The fluttering feather knows this secret
To be settled during confusion is to be enlightened and
Today Mugai-ryu has splintered into several lines and
there is no one soke .  Nakagawa Shiryo Shinichi is
generally considered the last soke. He did not appoint a
successor, but awarded several menkyo kaiden, and his
students continue to teach the school and several new
lines have been established, each with their own soke.
Mugai ryu nichiryukai iaido renmei india follows its teachings under the jyu Rokudai (16th) Soke Kazo Inoue Nichiryu 8th Dan Japan Kendo Renmei and teacher of Shoshihan Mehul Vora the pioneer of Mugai Ryu Iaido in India.