chapter  3
The Tokugawa Period: 1603–1868
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It is this historical shift - from collective combat to individual combat - that took place in the early part of the Tokugawa period to which we must now focus our attention. For it was during this period that swordsmanship was refined as an art. To this extent, then, the systematizing efforts of Ise-no-kami - in spite of the fact that he lived in the early part of the warring states period - warrants attention, because it is his tradition, the Shinkage-rya, transmitted by the Yagyos and referred to as the Yagya Shinkage-rya (or simply Yagya-rya already discussed in Chapter II) that was most successful in the early Tokugawa period.