History of the Martial Art
The sanctuary of Kashima - Kashima Jingu - in Ibaraki Prefecture, is one of two Shinto shrines dedicated to martial arts.
The origins of the Kashima Shin ryû go back to an exorcist rite known as "harai-tachi,". based on a demonstration of handling the sword in honor of the deity "Takemikazuchi-no-Mikoto" celebrated in Kashima Jingu. According to legend, Kuninazu-no-Mahito, developed the technique transcending the physical combat, executed in a spirit of absolute impartiality and moral rectitude. This martial art became known as "Kashima-no-tachi-Kashima saber."
Originally, the XVIth century, the warriors of the Kashima shrine used the names of Kashima Chuko Nen-ryu, Chuko-ryu or Nen-ryu to designate schools associated with the martial traditions of this sanctuary.
Matsumoto Bizen-no-kami Ki no Masamoto (1467-1524 or 1543), whose family occupied the priesthood of the Great Temple of Kashima, was a student of Iizasa Chosai Ienao, founder of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-Ryu, another imminent School of which he was inspired to create the Ichi-no-Tachi (the single saber). A well-known sprinter, Matsumoto Bizen had developed a system that he had taught several guards at the Kashima Shrine and had passed on to his descendants.
Three traditional schools are now named Shinto Shrine:
Kashima Shin Ryu, which refers to the new formulation, due to Matsumoto Bizen-no-kami, martial traditions of Kashima,
Kashima Shinden Jiki Shinkage ryu (or Jiki Shinkage ryu) of the Matsumoto Bizen, whose prefix attests to its affiliation with Kashima,
And the Kashima Shinto ryu of the Yoshikawa family.
In 500 years of history, 19 generations of great Masters and warriors have jealously guarded the secrets of this prestigious institution while evolving martial arts.
The records also show that Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, followed his teaching for a while.
Inaba Sensei is the current leader of the Shiseikan, where he teaches both Kenjutsu and Aikido. Inaba Senseï participates in spreading Kenjutsu practice by hosting an international one-week internship in Europe every year. The Shiseikan has close links with the University of Tokyo, and in this framework Inaba Sensei has trained many pupils who have become high-ranking State officials in Japan, including His Excellency Iimura, the current ambassador of Japan to France. Breath of spirituality, the teaching of Inaba Sensei does not stop with the technique but elevates to other dimensions ...