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Mugai ryu (??? Mugai-ryu ? ) is a Japanese koryu martial art school founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi (? ???? ? ) in 23 June 1680.

History
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.

Tsuji 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 ??? area. 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". [1] The name "Mugai" comes from the following poem: 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 pure"

Today Mugai-ryu has splintered into several lines and there is no one soke . [2] 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.



 
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