Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu was a sixteenth century warrior, known as the father of Iai as a stand alone martial art. At fourteen years old he was said to receive an epiphany from the deity of the Hayashizaki Myojin Shrine, instilling onto him the secrets of “Kesa no Hitotachi”.
The alternative reading of the Kanji for Shigenobu(重信) is Jūshin, also the name of one of the many Iai schools Hayashizaki’s legacy has created. Den(傳) refers to teachings and/or the story of someone’s life and achievements.
This page is therefore dedicated to the life and achievements of the founder.
Featuring articles on the history, concepts, evolution and general information related to the art of Iai and to Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu.