CLASSICAL AND TRADITIONAL JAPANESE MARTIAL ARTS
Shindokan Budo New England
The koryu bujutsu are the martial arts of the samurai class of feudal Japan. The term "koryu" literally means "old flow" and refers to ryu-ha founded prior to the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Shindokan Budo Dojo is the area'region's primary source for instruction in authentic koryu sword and weapon arts.
Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iai-Heiho
Seito Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iai-Heiho (iaijutsu) is an authentic tradition of Japanese swordsmanship, with origins in the techniques of Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, who established the teachings that would become Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu (or simply Eishin-ryu) in the closing years of the Sengoku Jidai of 16th Century feudal Japan. One of the oldest extant koryu, or classical schools of Japanese martial arts, it is a system of strategies and methods of face-to-face combat, beginning with the sword in the saya. In fact, it is often said that the life of iai lies in nukitsuke, the act of simultaneous drawing and cutting with the sword. It is this emphasis of on combative techniques and strategies of swordsmanship beginning with the sword in the saya that designates Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu as a system of iaijutsu. However, it should be understood that iaijutsu, as taught within our lineage of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, does not stand in isolation from kenjutsu (the techniques of swordsmanship that are employed after the sword has been drawn), but is rather a component of a broad range of sword methods. Carl E. Long, Hanshi, is the 22nd-generation Soshihan of our line of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu and Kaicho of the Kokusai Nipppon Budo Kai, and is recognised in Japan as such. He is the successor to Shimabukuro Masayuki Hidenobu, Hanshi and is the recognized representative of the legacy of both Shimabukuro Hanshi and Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi. Please visit the page entitled "History and Geneology of Tosa Iai" at the KNBK webpage for an in-depth presentation of the history of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu.
We also practice Shinto-ryu Kenjutsu as part of our study of Shindo Muso-ryu Jojutsu, as well as cross-training in other koryu kenjutsu systems.