Robert W. Montgomery,
Director of Maui Komei Juku
6th Dan Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu Iaijutsu

Photo by Guy Junker - www.IronTsuba.comI have continuously studied and practiced Japanese martial arts for over 30 years attaining dan ranking in judo, jujutsu and iaijutsu. I have also studied the making, use and judging of antique Japanese weapons with particular focus on the sword for over 23 years. I also have a collection of these arms and armor. Japanese history, culture, philosophy, religion and language related to the martial arts and weapons are my ongoing study. Since 1980, I have had the opportunity to travel extensively in Japan.

While some of this travel occurred while conducting business in Japan most of the travel was done in pursuit of knowledge and experiences related to the study of sword culture and iaijutsu. Under the tutoring of the world renown expert John Yumoto (now deceased) I dedicated nine weeks of travel solely for the study of swords and their fittings in private collections and public museum. This travel included visits to the forges of famous artisans as well as to famous polishers of swords.

Photo by Guy Junker - www.IronTsuba.comThe seven years prior to moving to Maui in 1994 I resided in Tokyo and studied Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iaijutsu under the 21st Grandmaster, Sekiguchi Komei. During this period I trained 15 to 21 hours per week. I also traveled within Japan as well as outside Japan with Sekiguchi Sensei to demonstrate the sword art and it's philosophy.

 

In 1993 he gave me the Japanese name of Sekiguchi Kenshin which is the name the Japan Hombu knows me by. He has delegated to me the responsibility of perpetuating the philosophy and technical skills of the ryu and his school by directing me to establish the American headquarters of the Komei school. 

Photo by Guy Junker - www.IronTsuba.comI continue my training and study by practicing every day and being prepared to teach every day. I have built a good size dojo in my home and also have training space at the Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai. Members of the Maui Komei Juku take part in Sekiguchi Sensei's special training sessions on Maui and at the Tokyo headquarters.

 

My affiliations:

Nihon Kobudo Kyokai
Nihon Koden Bujutsu laido Renmei
Kokusai laido Renmei
Maui Komei Juku
Zen Bei Kobudo Iaijutsu Fukyu Sinko
Nippon Bujutsu Token Hozon Kyokai
Nihon Token Hozon Kai
Jujitsu America
Maui Okinawa Kenjin Kai

After 42 years in management of the design, development and manufacturing of high tec products, in the US as well as overseas I now devote the majority of my time to koryu and kobudo studies and practice. I am always eager to share, without constraint, what knowledge and experience I have with others regardless of their orientation or discipline. I have a high regard and appreciation for the senseis I have had the privilege to study under. I always consider myself a student and look forward to learning from those I meet. This helps keep me in fellowship with many budojin around the world.