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1 Founder of Mujushin Kenjutsu Sekiun HarigayaFounder of Mujushin KenjutsuArrowhead 2010
2 Who is Sekiun Harigaya? Founder of Mujushin Kenjutsu Short Biography Mujushin kenjutsu = “Sword of Heavenly Reason” or “Sword of No Abiding Mind”Short BiographyBorn: 1593 (est.) in Harigaya, near modern Saitama PrefectureDied: 1662 at the age of 70Pupil of Shinshinkage-ryu master Ogasawara Genshin, one of the foremost swordsman of his timeCreated Mujushin kenjutsu based on insights he gained through his study of zen when he was about fifty years old.
3 Sekiun as Ogasawara’s Student Sekiun Harigaya was among Ogasawara’s two or three top studentsEndowed with great physical strength and skill and a fierce fighting spirit, he is said to have survived as many as fifty-two combat engagementsAs Japan became more peaceful in the Tokugawa era, he began becoming deeply introspective about the nature of his own sword skills.
4 Sekiun’s Attraction to Zen Studied Zen under the Zen priest KohakuAfter one period of intense introspection, he realized existing sword techniques used “beast-like spirit” through which the best that could be expected was to defeat one’s inferiors, be defeated by one’s superiors, and achieve mutual destruction or stalemate with one’s equals.In response, Sekiun began purging his swordsmanship of various movements and studying how to achieve victory naturally, based on the inherent capabilities and resources of all human beings
5 Sekiun’s AwakeningSekiun was able to let go of his attachment to the generally accepted principles of swordsmanshipHis discovery was the path to victory was in taking advantage of a person’s inner strengthsThe secret to this strength was in the calmness created by independence from worldly attachments.
6 Sekiun’s SwordSekiun is said to have carried an unsharpened sword in his youth. Two explanations from Sekiun appear on his reasoning:To avoid a nick in the blade that might catch during a battle with multiple opponentsBecause of his bad temper, he feared rushing into a duel, and was more likely to injure an opponent with an unsharpened bladeIt is claimed at the time of his awakening he switched from a 2.5 shaku ( 30 inch) sword and 1.6 shaku wakizashi to carrying only a 1.3 shaku (15 inch) wakizashi
7 Mujushin Kenjutsu the art To treat the art of sword as combat was a corruption of its purity.Mujushin Kenjutsu is not about conflict , but a fusion of breath, spirit and power.It was said that the three things one must forget completely in Mujushin Kenjutsu were his own body, his sword, and the existence of his adversary.
8 Post AwakeningSekiun engaged in contests with swordsmen from various other traditions, but when he applied his new insights none were able to match him.Sekiun discussed his discoveries with his own teacher Ogasawara and the two arranged a match, but Ogasawara was defeated in an instant
9 Ichiun OdagiriSekiun’s successor and senior student was Ichiun OdagiriIchiun Odagiri is considered by many as the greatest swordsman ever – better even than MusashiSekiun and Odagiri are mentioned in Sensei Kim’s Classical Man and Don Warrener’s The 20th Century Samurai
10 CreditsSekiun Harigaya, by Yoshinori Kono, Aikido Journal #114, 1998