Cutting Edge Issue 2 - Page 41

NAKAYAMA HAKUDO wanted, to witness the real iai of Tosa. Nakayama, of course, gratefully accepted, and the years following the demonstrations, Nakayama worked hard and progressed in his study of sword technique, and commuted to Shikoku once a year. In time, he was introduced to the famous sword master Hosokawa Yoshimasa of the Muso Shinden Eishin Ryu or Shimomura Ha (the future 15th soke of the Shimomura Ha), and Morimoto Tokumi of the Goto Ha Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu or Tanimura Ha. Nakayama was accepted as a student of both teachers and continued to study following the signing of a confidentiality contract, sealed with his blood. But Hosokawa respected the spirit of Tosa and would only award Nakayama the menkyo level. Hakudo would have to wait for a number of years, and was awarded the menkyo kaiden by Morimoto Tokumi, and only in the Tanimura Ha. Nakayama continued to train hard, and was granted Hanshi in both kendo and iaido in 1920 by the Nippon Butokukai. It was said that he also received menkyo kaiden in jojutsu from Uchida Ryogoro prior to his death in 1921, though this is debatable. After receiving his certification, Nakayama did something unexpected: he took what he had learnt and developed his own version of Shinto Muso Ryu, commonly referred to as Nakayamano-Jo, along with a set of five kihon (basic drills). Shimizu Takaji was said to have later incorporated these five kihon into his own set of twelve some years later*. CUTTING EDGE | 39