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  • Three Fighting Styles of Rurouni Kenshin

    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Styles

    Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū

    This ancient Kenjutsu style hails from the Sengoku Jidai. This was a style created to allow one user to eliminate several enemies. These users also use Shinsoku, god like speed and agility. They also use a psuedo-clairvoyance observation called Battojutsu. This is to avoid attacks from others with the least effort possible and also place themselves up for attacking when the enemy is completed with their attack. This is also a two step attack, so that the user is sure to kill the opponent. Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū has been nicknamed ‘The Black Ship of the Land’ due to the great power and speed that is used. Hiten Mitsurugi-ryū is strictly on no ones side when it comes to making allies or alliances.

    This style is known by very little people. It is only passed from master to pupil, so that may be the reason why. Each apprentice is to take the life, mantle, and name, Hiko Sijuro, when completed with training. The attacks and moves used during these techniques takes a toll on the users bodies. They take on strength training and limit their combat. Since Kenshin is small in stature, this style takes a bigger toll on him. There is on more effect of this style, a fountain of youth type effect. Either Kenshin just looks young, or his lifespan is far longer than others.



    Ryūtsuisen Zan


    Ryūkansen Tsumuji

    Ryūkansen Kogarashi

    Ryūkansen Arashi




    Ryūsōsen Garami


    Hiten Mugen Zan

    Anime-only Techniques:



    “Secret Dance of the Umbrella” Circus Techniques (Anime Only):

    Umbrella Spin

    Ball Throw

    Wild Boar Evasion

    Umbrella Drop

    Kuzu-Ryu-Sen Techniques:

    A special technique that strikes all the vital points of the opponent. This attack style uses Shinsoku. It has nine attacks:

    Karatake: head strike

    Sakagesagiri: right shoulder attack

    Miginagi: center of the right arm

    Migikiriage: right arm wrist

    Sakakaze: groin area

    Hidarikiriage left arm wrist

    Hidarinagi: center of left arm

    Kesagiri: left shoulder

    Tsuki/Shitotsu: center of chest

    Battōjutsu Techniques:


    Sōryūsen Ikazuchi



    Amakakeru Ryū no Hirameki


    Hiko Seijūrō I through XIII

    Himura Kenshin

    Amakusa Shōgo (anime only)

    Nishida Hyōuei (anime only)

    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Style: Kamiya Kasshin-ryū

    Known Practitioners: Kamiya Koshijiro, Kamiya Kaoru, Satō (former student), Hira (former student), Hiruma Gohei (former student, anime only), Myōjin Yahiko, Tsukayama Yutarō, Higashidani Ōta, Shin’ichi Kosaburō, Himura Kenji

    This style was invented by Kamiya Koshijiroonce he returned from bakumatsu. He was inspired by the carnage in the wars to develop a sword art based around katsujinken (swords that give life) instead of satsujinken (swords that kill). He taught it out of the family dojo. his assistant instructor is his daughter, Kaoru. He died in battle not to long after.




    Tsuka no Gedan: Hiza Hishigi

    Curse on the Descendants


    Rurouni Kenshin Fighting Style: Watōjutsu

    This is a type of Kenjutsu that began in China. Yukishiro Enishi is the only known user of this style to claims to be a master. It focuses on high offense so much so that the defense is not needed. It is an almost perfect counter to Hiten Mitsurugi-Ryu.


    Shugeki Tosei

    Kaishi Tosei

    Shoha Tosei

    Choten Tosei

    Setsuran Tosei

    Shikku Tosei

    Gotsui Tosei

    Kofuku Tosei