The «Eishinkai» website is dedicated to the memory of those sensei, to whom we owe, directly or indirectly, everything that we know.
Ide Katsuhiko-sensei (1935-2005)
Ide-sensei (iaido hanshi 8-th dan, jodo kyoshi 8-th dan, kendo kyoshi 7-th dan) taught iaido and jodo at the Renshinkan dojo in Hiroshima. Winner and prize-holder of several All Japan Iaido Championships, Ide-sensei conducted seminars in Russia, Canada, Italy and other countries. It was thanks to him that iaido and jodo began to be practiced in Russia.
Haruna Matsuo-sensei (1926-2002)
Haruna-sensei (iaido kyoshi 8-th dan) taught iaido and Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu kenjutsu (the style of the famous swordsman Miyamoto Musashi) at the Musashi Dojo in Ohara City. He used to travel a lot and played a significant role in spreading the classical style of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu (the line of Yamamoto Harusuke) in Europe and North America. Haruna-sensei also won the All Japan Iaido Championships several times.
Nikolai Yakovlev-sensei (1948-2001)
Yakovlev-sensei (iaido 3-rd dan, jodo 1-st dan) was the first President of the Russian Kendo Federation and taught kendo and iaido in Moscow. He was the highest ranking iaidoka in Russia and was among the first to obtain shodan in jodo. In April 2001 he brought the Russian team from the Eropean Kendo Championships and was making plans for going to the European Iaido Championships for the first time when he unexpectedly passed away.