Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi

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Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi
BornTsuji Sukemochi
c. 1648
Masugimura, Omi (Shiga prefecture)
Native name辻月丹資茂
Other namesSukeshige, Heinai,[1] Mugai-shi Ippo Kyoshi[2]
Teacher(s)Yamaguchi Bokushinsai, Kenjutsu; Priest Sekitan, Zen zazen
RankFounder, 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[edit]

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.


  1. ^ [1] Gettan's Buddhist name
  2. ^ [2] Gettan's post-humous Buddhist name

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