Kagami Winter 2016-2017

Hello and welcome to the Winter 2016-2017 Issue of Kagami! We have finally returned after a long but unintended hiatus. As such, I want to begin by offering my apologies for our absence and I want you to know that with this issue, we fully expect to resume a normal, quarterly publication schedule, as originally intended. This past year marks the tenth year of the publication of Kagami. In that time, I have found that the Holiday/Winter issues tend to be the ones that I most look forward to preparing. Perhaps, coming at the time of year that it does, it is because the Holiday/Winter issues have often served as a year-end retrospective of significant events and moments for the KNBK and its members. Or perhaps it is simply because of the spirit of the time of year itself, and the feelings that arise with it for so many of us. In any case, I feel a deep sense of wholehearted connection and sharing with all of you as I write, edit, and search for the material that comprises this … [Read more...]

Kagami Fall 2015

Welcome to the Fall 2015 Issue of Kagami! Here in the Northeast, we are experiencing a glorious autumn, with bright sunny days and brilliant colours as the leaves put on yet another incredible display! But those days go fast at this time of year, and while we’ve already had a hint of snow here, it will be flying (for some of us!) in earnest before we know it. Speaking of things coming up quickly, the 2015 KNBK Gasshuku, to be held at Split Rock Lodge & Resort in the beautiful Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania is right around the corner! The Gasshuku will be from November 20 through the 22nd, but it’s not too late to register, so if you have not yet done so, please register at knbk.org! Please remember that this is not a Koshukai(instructor training) event, but rather is an event that offers training for all practitioners at all levels of experience, in all disciplines represented by the KNBK, including Iaijutsu, Kenjutsu, Jojutsu, and Karate-do. Participants may … [Read more...]

Kagami Early/Spring Summer 2015

Hello and welcome to the Spring/Early Summer 2015 issue of Kagami! Here in the Northeast, it almost seemed that Spring would never come, with over two feet of snow on the ground throughout the months of February March and a few snowfalls well into April. However, with the onset of May, spring pretty well exploded! Now into July and the midst of summer, and our record-setting winter has faded from our memories. This issue of Kagami features a range of articles, including reports on the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai (DNBK) 50th Anniversary America Butoku Sai and Gasshuku in Virginia Beach, Virginia. We also have included a post by Carl E. Long, Hanshi and associated information/ registration forms for the Fifth DNBK World Butoku Kai to be held Kyoto, Japan in April 2016. Long Sensei has stated that it is imperative that anyone who is interested in participating in this event contact Hombu Dojo by the end of June. There have also been a number of significant KNBK events that have taken place this … [Read more...]

Kagami Late Summer 2014

Trouble viewing file click here. Kagami: A Publication of the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai Kagami is published by the Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai. Advisor: Carl E. Long, Hanshi-Ho ; Kaicho & Soshihan Kokusai Nippon Budo Kai Editor-in-Chief: Erik A. Johnstone, Doshi Assistant Editors: Robin McGuirl; Stephen Ferraro Graphic Design: Robin McGuirl … [Read more...]

Kagami – Special Memorial Edition Winter 2012 / 2013

With this special memorial issue of Kagami, we honour the memory of two beloved teachers: Miura Takeyuki Hidefusa, Hanshi, and Shimabukuro Masayuki Hidenobu, Hanshi, the 20th and 21st Soshihan of Seito Muso Jikiden Eihsin-ryu Iai-Heiho. We are honoured and privileged to present this issue to you and invite you to reflect on the memory and legacy of these two great men; men whose spirits live on through the traditions and teachings that they have left in our care. We wish to thank all of those who contributed memories and images of our departed teachers to share with all of you in this issue. Trouble viewing file click here. … [Read more...]

Kagami Spring/Summer 2012 Newsletter

The Spring/Summer 2012 issue of Kagami, featuring a very important article from Masayuki Shimabukuro. The Booklet Style PDF Can Be Downloaded Here. Click To Download … [Read more...]

Training for Saya no Naka No Kachi by Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi

The phrase “saya no naka no kachi”, victory while the sword is still in the saya, should be familiar to most practitioners of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu Iaijutsu in theKNBK/JKI. In fact, the meaning of “saya no naka no kachi” is one of the questions in the written portion of the test for shodan in Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu. Most everyone knows what translation of “saya no naka no kachi” is; it sounds so good, so “philosophical”, but how many really know what the concept of “victory while the sword is still in the saya” means? Moreover, how do we train for “victory while the sword is still in the saya”? How do we actualize “saya no naka no kachi”in our daily lives? As indicated above, the translation of “saya no naka no kachi” is “victory while the sword is still in the saya”, meaning attaining victory without drawing and cutting; defeating an enemy without killing; victory without violence or confrontation. A noble sounding view of budo ethics, it nonetheless does not say much about how one … [Read more...]

On Choosing a Sword by Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi

On Choosing a Sword by Masayuki Shimabukuro, Hanshi        Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, as we all know, is classified as a system of iaijutsu. However, we must remember that iaijutsu, although indicative of the prevailing strategies behind the use ofthe sword, is a component of kenjutsu. In short, as a complete sword art, iaijutsu cannot exist in separation from kenjutsu.     Many iaijutsu waza were codified to transmit strategies and methods of simultaneous defense and counters against surprise attacks, as opposed to techniques of combat that begin after swords have already been drawn. As I alluded to above, Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu contains extensive practice in both aspects of sword combat. That being said, it should stand to reason that the sword a practitioner chooses should be suitable for each aspect or “mode” of our art. It would be neither logical nor practicable to require one sword for situations requiring “iai techniques” and another for “kenjutsu techniques”.     … [Read more...]

JKI Focus for 2009: A Deeper Expression of Budo

JKI Focus for 2009: A Deeper Expression of Budo   As we draw to the close of one year and look forward to the beginning of the next, I would like to ask that in 2009, all Jikishin-Kai members focus on a deeper understanding of Budo. This focus has two components, namely a greater understanding of etiquette based on sincerity, and, particularly for yudansha, a more advanced practice of waza that reflects a deeper understanding of the meaning or, riai, of the waza. As I have previously discussed, Budo is an effective and deeply meaningful vehicle for the cultivation of morals, respect and etiquette. And while we all understand the significance of etiquette, I want to make sure that, as budoka, indeed, as inheritors of the samurai way, everyone looks deeper into the necessity of etiquette and respect, and cultivates an expression of deeper understanding in their daily lives. Please remember that a teacher and a friend are not, and should not be, the same thing. One may make many friends … [Read more...]