Oe Masamichi 1852 - 1927
Oe Masamichi was the 17th generation headmaster. His artist appellation was 'Roshu' and his pseudonyms were 'Shikei' and 'Seiro'. He was born on 10th October 1852 in the village of Suga, Tosa County, Kochi Prefecture and during childhod he was 'Hamada Toma'. Oe Masamich was Master (hanshi) of the Butokukai Association. He passed away at age 75 on 8th April 1927.
Oe Sensei was the 15th headmaster of the Simomura ha but differences of opinion and political issues mean that he is not listed as such. He became the 17th headmaster of the Tanimura ha and reorganised the curriculum.
Oe Masamichi is one of the most important headmasters. He formalised the use of the name Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, incorporated the Omori Ryu techniques into the curriculum and codified the style into Shoden, Chuden and Okuden levels. He also arranged the logical order of the kata (practiced with a bokken) that we practice today out of a great variety.
Oe Sensei was a great teacher with many deschi (disciples) who went on to distinguish themselves in their own right. It is said that his own experiences in sword based combat greatly influenced his Iai and therefore the changes made to the Tanimura ha. Many sources, including Iwata Sensei's Kiso Iai Koza, state that Oe Sensei took part in the 'Clam Gate War'. This was the Hamaguri Gomon no Ikusa or the Hamaguri rebellion which took place in August 1864. Numerous incidents or skirkishes took place focused on the Clam Gate of the Imperial Palace at Kyoto between 1864 and 1867, these were a series of clashes between pro-Shogunate and pro-Imperial factions and are often referred to collectively as the Clam Gate War.