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Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido
       Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaido is a Japanese martial art that was developed for use by the warrior class of Feudal Japan with a direct lineage dating back over 450 years to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, the founder of this school of classical Japanese swordsmanship originally know as Hayashizaki-ryu.
       Late in the 16th Century, Hasegawa Eishin Shuzei no Suke, the seventh generation successor to Hayashizaki-ryu, adapted the simultaneous drawing and cutting methods of Iai to the newly developed Katana or Daito (the weapon that is today frequently referred to as the Samurai Sword). As a result of Eishin Sensei's modifications, his lineage of Hayashizaki-ryu came to be known as Eishin-ryu.
       This system of swordsmanship has now been passed down in an unbroken line of succession from grandmaster to grandmaster for 20 generations. The Japanese term for passing a legacy person-to-person from one generation to the next in unbroken succession is "jikiden" translated as direct transmission, "heart to heart".
       A style, school, or system of martial arts is called "Ryu" in Japanese, a term that derives its meaning from the endless flow of a river. Thus, the style of Iaido practiced today is: Muso ("Unequaled") Jikiden ("Direct Lineage") Eishin-Ryu ("style of Eishin")

Movements within Eishin-ryu
       Nukitsuke: "simultaneous draw and strike" This technique contains more than just a quick draw method of cutting someone down. Within Nukitsuke there is the opportunity for life. The sword is drawn in a manner which gives your attacker the chance to stop. Your intent is to preserve life, your own and if at all possible your attackers. It is only when the tip of the sword reaches the end of the saya "SAYA BANARE" that this opportunity is lost. You have honestly attempted to prevent the situation from occurring and can do no more. The sword leaves the saya like a bullet from a gun, or words from your mouth and what is done can never be changed.
       Furikaburi and Kirioroshi: "the finishing strike" This finishing cut is not aggressive it is not an act of hatred towards your attacker; it is an act of compassion. For whatever reasons this event has taken place and a life had to be taken. Before you is another human being trying to hold onto whatever dignity is left and suffering from a mortal wound. Kirioroshi is performed to allow your attackers a fast and dignified transition between this world and the next.
       Chiburi and Noto: "cleansing of the blade and returning it to the saya" Not only is this action removing the blood from the blade but also from your mind. You must clear your mind of the deed that has been done. If you performed the technique correctly, if you honestly did everything you could to prevent the situation from occurring, and if you succeeded in preventing your emotions from playing any part in your actions than this unfortunate occurrence will require no further reflection. Your actions were just and what was done had to be done.

Jikishin-Kai International
       Santa Fe Budokan is a member of the Jikishin-Kai International (JKI). The JKI was founded in 1990 by Shimabukuro Masayuki Hidenobu, Hanshi.
       The Jikishin-kai honbu dojo emphasizes traditional practice and application of the techniques in the Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu curriculum. This curriculum encompasses the practice of waza (solo techniques of which there are over 40), katachi (paired patterns using a wood sword or 'bokken'), and also tameshigiri (test cutting using a live/sharp sword on rolled mats). 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 the effective use of the sword. All three of these, plus the integral observance and practice of sincere etiquette make up the core curriculum of our dojo.
       Iaido requires extreme precision of its techniques and demands tremendous concentration during practice-both of which ask a great deal of self-discipline and sincere personal commitment on the part of the student in order to master. As a reward for these efforts, it can offer the individual a lifetime of physical, mental, and spiritual growth, as well.
       Through the study of Iaido the practitioner develops a sense of how our actions shape the world we live in. Understanding the consequences of our every action is a skill that will benefit all of humankind.