Roshukai is an organisation that teaches Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaido.
We practice a Koryu or 'Ancient School' with a history going back some 400 years. Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu means 'Peerless, direct transmission, Eishin's school'. This one of many schools of iaido that trace their decent back to the school founded by Hayashizaki Jinsuke Minamoto no Shigenobu (1546-1621). The seventh headmaster of the school was Hasgawa Eishin (sometime after 1735). His influence was so great that the school was later named for him.
One of the most important headmasters was the 17th, Oe Masamichi (1852-1927) pictured. He re-organised the syllabus and taught many students. He did not however appoint a successor.
Iwata Norikazu studied under three of Oe Masamichi's students. In the late 1950's he set up his own school, Roshukai, dedicated to the teaching of iaido as it was taught by Oe Masamichi. This school has expanded and now has many students around the world.