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