What is Matsumata Ryu?
Matsumata-ryū (松股流) is a school of samurai warriors with origins in the Sengoku Jidai period (戦国時代). Roots go to the very founder of the art of drawing the Sword „Battojutsu“, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto No Shigenobu (林崎甚助源の重信). Hayashizaki was born in the province of Dewa, Oshu (today’s Yamagata prefecture). He lived circa 1542-1621 in today’s Kanagawa prefecture. Many of the historical details of Hayashizaki’s life are faint, because like most of the well-known fighters in Japan, his story was widely fiction. He appears to have grown up in the time of Warring States in Japan, and thus he has learned to fight with the sword from an early age. According to legend, Hayashizaki’s father was killed, and he began to train more from the revenge. He went to the present shrine of Hayashizaki Meijin to pray and gain divine inspiration for the new sword mowing technique directly from drawing in one movement. The legend says, in the end he actually defeated his father’s murderer. Following this, Hayashizaki continued his pilgrimage to martial arts and trained so Monho renowned swordsmen of the time (such as the Tamiya Heibei, founder of Tamiya-ryū (Tsumaki)). Hayashizaki founded his own style with a sword and called it Shinmei Musō-ryū (神明 夢想 流). Hayashizaki’s art has gained many names in time, such as Hayashizaki-ryū (林 津崎 流) or Jushin-ryū (Una重was 信 流). And it is considered the basis for many of today’s main styles of drawing swords such as Tamiya-Ryu, Araki-Ryu and the „newest“ Musō Jikiden Eishin-ryū and Musō Shinden-ryū.
Genealogy HAYASHIZAKI RYUHA (林崎 流)
- Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu 林崎甚助重信 (1542-1621)
- Tamiya Heibei Shigemasa 田宮平兵衛重正 (1558-1635)
- Nagano Muraku Nyudo Kinrosai 長野無楽入道 (1536-1598)
- Momo Gumbei Misušige 百 々 軍兵衛重 (1559-1632)
- Arikawa Shozaemon Munetsugu 蟻川正左ヱ門宗 (1580-1654)
- Banno Danemon No Jo Nobusada 万野団右ヱ門信定 (1622-1703)
- Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Eishin 長谷川主税助英信 (1652-1736)
- Arai Seitetsu Kiyonobu 荒井勢哲清信 (1655-1721)
- Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa 林六太夫守政 (1661-1732)
Genealogy MATSUMATA-RYU (松股流)
- Matsumata Kunio Seiji 松股國男精二 (1682-1753)
- Matsumáta Yasuhiro Tadaoshi 松股泰弘忠義 (1711-1790)
- Matsumata Takeyuki Seishi 松股剛幸正史 (1739-1826)
- Matsumata Takashi Ryotaro 松股劭亮太朗 (1767-1852)
- Matsumata Tetsuo Sukeyuki 松股哲夫助行 (1799-1871)
- Matsumata Torao Shinpei 松股寅夫伸平 (1828-1902)
- Matsumata Toyobere Shinji 松股豊武伸二 (1854-1921)
- Matsumata Takashi Sugio 松股剛士杉夫 (1888-1954)
- Matsumata Toširo Seiji 松股敏朗世士 (28.05.1914 – 04.06.2003)
- Matsumata Kenjiro 松股健士朗 (21.09.1946-)
- Donatek Petr (Matsumata Yoshi 松股世士 (11.01.1977-)
Matsumata Ryu was founded in 1733 by Mr. Matsumata Kunio Seiji (1682-1753) and expanded thanks to the excellent combat abilities of his grandson Matsumata Takashi Ryotaro (1767-1852) at the end of the Edo period.
The school served as a training center for the samurai in the area and was one of three, where she learned the bulk of the samurai of the time. It functioned until the period of the Meiji reforms and ended its glorious days within the Matsumata family, where until today it retains a connection with the roots of Hayashizaki Ryuha. The school is studying the samurai ways of conducting wars in all its branches, including Taijutsu and other bugei. Matsumata Ryu is not only a martial arts school, Matsumata Ryu is a school of the samurai!!!