Kenjutsu (Swordsmanship), mainly involves chopping movements, is one of the mainstream techniques of ancient Japanese martial arts when swordsmen fight for their lives. Swordsmen usually hold their swords with both hands, and with flexible footwork, they gather all the power on the sword blade through the coordination of their bodies. Enbudo practitioners strike with precision in sneaky angles, which is a technical Kenjutsu with both offensive and defensive skills. In ancient times, swordsmanship was used to kill enemies on the battlefield. Today, Kenjutsu which had long been replaced by guns and canons, has become a cultural tradition of refining people’s spirits and belief.
Master swordsmen in different eras of Japan had created many unique schools. Among them, the Shinkage-ryū Kenjutsu was created during the Japan Feudal Period by KAMIIZUMI Isenokami Nobutsuna, the famous Kensei (Sword Saint). His teacher was AISU Ikosai, the founder of the Kage-ryū school. KAMIIZUMI later merged his ideas into the Kage-ryū Kenjutsu and created the Shinkage-ryū, which has far-reaching influence on the inheritance of the later generations. Many Shinkage-ryū practitioners go to the Mie Prefecture, the “Hometown of Kenjutsu” every year to attend the Kensosai. Through demonstration of techniques and exchange of thoughts on Kenjutsu, they retain this Japanese ancient Kobudo culture, which combines training of bodies and cultivation of minds.