The founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu, is told to have confined himself for about a hundred days in the Hayashizaki Myojin Shrine in Tateoka, Yamagata Prefecture, where he received the divine inspiration for a new body of sword techniques called the Muso-ken. He is listed as the founder of many Iai styles and many differnet schools can trace their lineage back to him.
The Iai forms of Eishin-Ryu have traditionally been handed down in the Tosa region of Japan. There are two ways of passing down traditional teachings in Japan: kanzen-soden (indiscriminate transmission) and fukanzen-soden (discriminate transmission). As our school follows the former tradition all those who receive the final certificate (kongen no maki – Scroll of the Source) are legitimate successors.
One must bear in mind therefore that each generation in the genealogy given below comprises many different persons but their names are not given.
Founder Hayashizaki Jinsuke (Minamoto no) Shigenobu
2nd generation Tamiya Heibei Narimasa
3rd Nagano Muraku Nyudo Kinrosai
4th Momo Gundbei no Jo Mitsushige
5th Arikawa Shozaemon Munetsugu
6th Banno Denemon no Jo Nobusada
7th Hasegawa Chikaranosuke Hidenobu (Eishin)
8th Arai Seitetsu Kiyonobu
9th Hayashi Rokudayu Morimasa
10th Hayashi Yasudayu Masanobu
11th Oguro Motoemon Kiyokatsu
12th Hayashi Masu no Jo Masanari
13th Yorita (Yoda) Manzo Norikatsu
14th Hayashi Yadayu Masataka
15th Tanimura Kame no Jo Yoritake
16th Goto Magobei Masakatsu
17th Oe Masamichi
18th Hokiyama Namio
19th Fukui Haramasa
20th Shibata Hyakuren
21st Fukui Terao