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Enshin Ittō-ryū Battojutsu
Enshin Itto-ryu Battojutsu is a traditional sword art of Japan. The founder and the director is Machida Kenshinsai – Soke at the Enbukan Headquarters in Japan, and the Enshin Itto-ryu Battojutsu is a traditional sword art of Japan.
The mother of Machida Kenshisai Soke is from a prestigious samurai clan in Aizu area of Tokugawa era. Machida Soke was born in 1932, and was taught martial arts since he was 3 years old from his father and grandfather.
Enshin means the center of a circle, and Battojutsu means draw and cut sword art. As Enshin means, the emphasis of the art is to place yourself in the core of a circle by being aware of the surroundings and the energy flow. Also in this art, the speed of drawing and cutting the opponent is another emphasis.
Machida Soke trained himself to draw, cut and put the sword back in the scabbard within 2 seconds, and that honed skill is expected to attain among the higher ranked students. This art consists of the three basic practical skills:
- Kata – set of solo pre-arranged movements using a Iaito(practice sword),
- Kumitachi – practical application against an attacker (a training partner) using a bokken(wooden sword),
- Tameshi giri – cutting a target using a Shinken (a real sword) to perfect the cutting skills and develop the mental focus.
The philosophy of the art includes: relaxation, distance, timing, focus, concentration, confidence, presence, intention, accuracy and intensive energy.