Author's NOTE: My Sempai Bruce Brown's guarantor Mr. Horii and I met in April 2015 at the Tokyo Budokan. Still active within the Jodo Division of the Kendo Renmei, Horii San and I enjoyed coming full circle after all of these years.
This is a battle painting of the Shimabarra Rebellion （１６３７）to suppress the Christians where Musashi was hit by a rock to the head in route to the battle. As a result he requested that he and his troops be allowed to withdraw.
With the elimination of the foreign contamination the Tokugawa Bakufu moved to close the country that would eventually be pried open about 300 years later. This in turn brought about the downfall of the Bakufu and was the catalyst for the Meiji Reformation and Japan's drive for modernity.
Shi (meaning teacher) Jyo (meaning to receive).
Excerpts from: March 5th, 1992 lecture by the writer Shiba Ryotaro at Columbia University, Donald Keene Japan Cultural Study Center.
Before the era of Modernization of Japan imposed by the Meiji government it was prohibited to go beyond the scope of the teacher’s thoughts. This could be viewed in every aspect of learning and was not limited to religion and scholarly pursuits but was found in medicine, art, and budo.
Ever wonder why some Jodo practitioners say Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo and others say Shinto Muso Ryu Jodo? Still others have returned to the name Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu. 神道 夢想流 杖術1
Documents clearly show that Shimizu Sensei made a conscious effort after World War II to change the name “Jojutsu” to “Jodo” in order to capture the essence of training for self-improvement. The nuanced goals might’ve been amended but the actual martial system was not adjusted in any meaningful way as some would argue that the techniques were then watered down.
The Rembukan Dojo’s short decade long life was at an end due to a family tragedy of the owner of the property and friend of Shimizu Sensei. And although Shimizu Sensei had visited and approved of the Zoshyukan’s rented space, he never trained there succumbing to illness and death a short time later.