Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi
|Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi
Masugimura, Omi (Shiga prefecture)
|Other names||Sukeshige, Heinai, Mugai-shi Ippo Kyoshi|
|Teacher(s)||Yamaguchi Bokushinsai, Kenjutsu; Priest Sekitan, Zen zazen|
|Rank||Founder, recipient of Menkyo Kaiden in Yamaguchi-ryū|
Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi (辻月丹資茂) (sometimes read as Shukeshige) (1648-1728) was a Japanese swordsman who founded the kenjutsu of Mugai-ryū in 1695. Tsuji Gettan was born in Masugimura, Omi (Shiga prefecture) as the second son to a local samurai. At the age of 13, Gettan was sent to Kyoto to train under the revered sensei Yamaguchi Bokushinsai's Yamaguchi-ryū. Gettan trained with Yamaguchi for thirteen years, receiving Menkyo Kaiden, full-transmission, of Yamaguchi-ryū at the age of twenty-six, in 1674.
Inception of Swordplay
For some reason, perhaps feeling unskilled, or searching for a way to test out his prowess, Tsuji Gettan went on a musha shugyō, warrior's pilgrimage, confining himself at Mt. Atago in Kyoto and Mt. Aburahidake in the Omi.
Having pursued time as a Shugyōsha, Gettan traveled to Edo where he decided to open up his own dojo in the Kojimachi district. While he was incredibly talented with the sword, there were no būshi enrolled at his school.