Am 26. und 27. April 2021 begab sich Ōtsuka Ryūnosuke Taira no Masatomo, 7ter Sōke der Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō, im Rahmen einer Musha-Shugyō nach Köln. Dort traf er auf Morgenstern Luciano Shinryū sensei, einem Shihan der Mugai-ryū. Angehängt ist der Bericht von Ōtsuka sōke zu diesen zwei Tagen.
Musha Shugyo Report by Otsuka Ryunosuke.pdf (Englisch)
Da nur als Kommentar auf Facebook verfügbar, hänge ich hier noch die Antwort von Morgenstern Luciano Shinryū sensei an:Zitat von Luciano Gabriel Morgenstern
I would like to comment on our meeting as well.
First of all, it was a fantastic experience and Otsuka Soke is an impressive Kenshi and teacher.
I was struggling for some years to find a proper way to have an as realistic as possible sword fighting sparring experience and training program. The biggest hurdle was finding the right equipment. I misjudged the Shinai and Bogu because I thought it was a product of modern Kendo and that it is too different from the Katana and traditional Kenjutsu.
Otsuka Soke proved me wrong spectacularly! Sparring with him felt intense, technical and realistic at the same time. The historical usage of the Bogu and Shinai in Hokushin Itto Ryu Gekiken is completely different from modern Kendo. And if the Shinai is used in the correct way, the techniques feel just the same as when performed with Bokuto. The Bogu which is used in the first steps of the Gekiken practice is only there to protect from lethal blows and serious injuries. During later steps the Bogu is also left away. This we did on the second day.
I held a Shinai in my hands for the first time during this encounter, but after a short period it felt authentic. I always worried about the unprotected parts of the Bogu, but I feel that there is no danger for critical injuries if a Bogu is used. Bruises will be present for sure though. Waza could be performed well and precise.
We had sparring sessions called Tameshiai where I could get a feeling for fighting in and without Bogu using a Shinai and competing with a strong Kenshi at the same time. I was happy to feel like in new waters and learn from an experienced fighter. It was the epitome of Shoshin and provided me with a new way of training I would like to adapt into my school as well, the Gekiken practice will be a voluntary part of the Mugai Ryu Europe curriculum though. As pointed out the Mugai Ryu Kenshi were practitioners of Gekiken in the past.
試し合い Tameshiai means to test and compare ones own fighting ability and techniques with another Kenshi by fighting several bouts. Through this, ones own technique can evolve and improve. And that is the reason why we fought. To improve ourselves as Kenshi. The winner of a Tameshiai is determined by who wins the vast majority of the bouts so that there is a clear result. But like Otsuka Soke said in his report, the main reason was to practice together and improve ourselves through fighting each other!
And I am very grateful for this experience, as well as for the transparency in the sparring sessions with Otsuka Soke. Every hit was explained if needed and I was provided with guidance on how to avoid or counter it.
Seeing and training with him in person and hearing that the Hokushin Itto Ryu preserved the full authentic old Gekiken Curriculum took my interest in the Ryuha, since this is a rarity nowadays. The direct and efficient Kenjutsu Kata and Waza I was introduced to as well as many basic concepts are quite similar as in Mugai Ryu, so I am sure it will complement my skills.
My philosophy is that a master as well as a human being should always keep learning and developing. I am always happy to learn other martial arts and Hokushin Itto Ryu is something I am looking forward to dive into.