Mugai Ryu Masters & teachers
Meet the Mugai Ryu teachers
Mugai Ryu Europe is directly under the Mugai Ryu Soke, Niina Gyokudo Toyoaki. Next to our central, the Tenshinkai Dojo in Köln, we have other schools in Germany and the Netherlands. Under Mario Klersy Bashocho in Koblenz, under Chris De Jongh Shibucho in Groningen and under Arjan F. Tervoort Bashocho in Amsterdam, Haarlem.
Luciano Gabriel Morgenstern
Renmeicho, European representation of Mugai Ryu
For over 15 years I am living and practicing martial arts. Ever since I was a child I searched for the way of martial arts but I never found what I was looking for, so I temporarily gave up.
Some years later I met master Sarafnia, an excellent master who intensively taught, and still teaches me the inner and outer spirit of martial arts, as well as zen, taoism and other philosophical ways. During my trip to china I studied Qi / Ki and attended the schools of grandmaster Feng Zhiqiang and master Liu Yuan Yi.
My deep fascination for samurai, bushido, zen and the katana couldn´t be satisfied. Since I could not find a suitable school in Germany, I decided to visit Japan to learn Iai and satisfy my aspiration. I found Mugai Ryu and through Niina Soke I met Chikaoka Sensei who taught me the first years. Today I’m a direct student of Niina Gosoke, as well as the european representative of Mugai Ryu and I try to carry its spirit over to Germany and Europe. So I made the Mugai Ryu Europe federation in 2010. I visit Japan every year to learn on and Niina Soke visits our dojo once a year as well.
I still always try to learn new things and right now I am learning Jeet Kune Do with Sifu Cyrus Moghaddam and Niten Ichi Ryu with Chris De Jongh Sensei.
I understand Martial arts as a way which is not bound to the dojo or style, it is the inner work and living through your principals.
With my tuitional methods I try to pass on this authentic essence and the love and experience that I gathered through my masters. Besides managing the Tenshinkai dojo I also tought at the academy for martial arts in Cologne, the Schauspiel Zentrum (actor´s school) and several grade- and high-schools.
Next to Mugai Ryu I am a certified teacher of Tosei Ryu Tanjojutsu, Gyokushin Shinto Ryu, Kung Fu Toa and Hunyuan Tai Ji Chuan (Chen style).
Mugai Ryu Iaihyoudo Soke
Born Niina Toyoaki in the city of Tsukumi in Oita prefecture on October 2, 1948 (23rd year of Showa), he began learning budo at a young age by starting with aikido. In his twenties, he found a teacher of Shinto Musoryu Jodo and Mugairyu Iaihyodo.
He subsequently began working for Mitsubishi Heavy Industries while devoting himself to budo training in the Mitsubishi Aikido Association. In 1986, he assumed Jodo and Iaido teaching duties in the Association, and in 1987, at the age of 39, he established the Tokyo Jodo Federation and set about popularizing Jodo and Iaido. In 1994, with his Iaido students as the central members, he founded the budo instruction group Suimokai, and subsequently divided Suimokai in 14 organizations. The Non Profit Organization Mugairyu was founded in 2007.
Niina sensei also devised Gyokushin Shinto-ryu, an Iaido and Kumitachi style for handicapped individuals. In 2008 he established the Mugairyu Foundation for which he still currently serves as the representative director. As a practitioner of Mugairyu Iaihyodo, he became a shihan (master instructor) in 1986, received menkyo kaiden (full transmission license) in 1996, hanshi (the highest level of master instructor) in 1998, and soke successorship in 1999. (He established and became the soke of Mugairyu Meishiha in 2004.) He is also the soke of Tosei-ryu Tanjo-jutsu and Gyokushin Shinto-ryu. He holds eigth dan hanshi in Shinto Musoryu Jodo, Uchida-ryu Tanjo-jutsu, Isshin-ryu Kusarigama-jutsu, Ikkaku-ryu Jitte-jutsu, and Chuwa-ryu Tanken-jutsu.
Tsuji Gettan Sukeshige
Founder of Mugai Ryu
Born in 1648 in today’s prefecture of Shiga, the 13-year-old Gettan attended the Yamaguchi Dojo in Kyoto where he learned different styles of Iai until his graduation. After an unsuccessful attempt to found his own school at the age of 26, a Gettan went to the Azabu Kyukoji temple where he was trained in Zen and further perfected the art of his swordfighting. There he developed fundamental philosophical principles on which his own style, the strongly zen-connected Mugai Ryu Iaido, was based. With 45 years Gettan attained ‘Satori’, enlightenment, through the way of Zen. He founded the style of Mugai Ryu and opened a school in which many high-ranked Samurai and Daimios are welcomed. Gettan got a high reputation as master of the art of swordfighting as well as a scholar of Zen. When he turned 71 he got the highest honour, an audience with the Shogun. This meeting however never took place, because the Shogun died shortly before. In 1728 Gettan dies at the age of 79 in deep and peaceful meditation.
“Ippo jitsu mugai
Kenkon toku ittei
Suimo hono mitsu
Dochaku soku kosei”
“There is nothing but his one truth
it’s all-encompassing and everlasting
a feather carried by the winds upholds this truth.
To experience harmony in the face of confusion