Hiten Mitsurugi "The Sword Which Soars Through Heaven"
Kenshin's Hiten Mitsurugi Style
Hiten Mitsurugi,"the sword which soars through heaven," is a Japanese sword fighting style used by Kenshin Himura.
This sword fighting style is one that combines the users heart with their sword.
Designed to be brutally effective the Hiten Mitsurugi style requires the practitioner to develop god-like speed and to have a strong physical and mental fortitude.
Being an fighting art that focuses on one hit kills and outstanding speed the Hiten Mitsurugi style takes many years to learn and many more years to master.
Though the training is tough. Those who master the Hiten Mitsurugi style become almost invincible.
Philosopy of the Hiten Mitsurugi style
Originally developed in the Sengoku Period, the Hiten Mitsurugi style was created as a way for the practitioner to win as they took on many opponents at once while protecting others at the same time.
The main philosophy behind the Hiten Mitsurugi style reflects this idea of protecting others.
Students of the Hiten Mitsurugi style are taught that its sword fighting techniques should only be used as means to protect the weak and innocent.
Along with this the Hiten Mitsurugi practitioner must come to understand that their sword style shouldn't be used for governmental powers in a time of war. Doing so will result in injustices. Something that the Hiten Mitsurugi style is against.
As a follower of the Hiten Mitsurugi style a student must come to realize that lethal action has its consequences thus it shouldn't be used for personal gain only in the service of helping those in need.
The Power of the Hiten Mitsurugi Style
When it comes to strengths in the Hiten Mitsurugi Style there are many.
The first is the speed that the Hiten Mitsurugi practitioner develops throughout their training. In fact the speed of the Hiten Mitsurugi style is so quick that it has been said to be god-like.
When it comes to the Hiten Mitsurugi style speed isn't the only strength that it has. The Hiten Mitsurugi style teaches the student how to predict and react to their opponents moves almost instantaneously.
When you add these two things the god-like speed, and reading the opponent moves together the Hiten Mitsurugi style truly becomes a powerful sword fighting art, but these things are only the surface of the Hiten Mitsurugi style.
The greatest strength and power of the Hiten Mitsurugi style comes form the melding of the swordsman's heart with his sword. This takes the fighting techniques of the Hiten Mitsurugi style beyond the physical.
Weaknesses in the Hiten Mitsurugi Style
Though the Hiten Mitsurugi style is powerful it does have it weaknesses.
The main weakness of the Hiten Mitsurugi style occurs after a strike. Due to the nature of the Hiten Mitsurugi style after a technique is executed the user becomes vulnerable for a second or two after the attack.
The reasoning for this is most of the techniques in the Hiten Mitsurugi style are meant to be one hit kills. This means the Hiten Mitsurugi styles attacks are an all or nothing strike.
Though the Hiten Mitsurugi style has this weakness the ability of the Hiten Mitsurugi student to predict their opponents moves and the god-like speed that they develop in training makes this weakness almost non existent.
The other weakness that the Hiten Mitsurugi style possesses is the fact that it is very physically demanding. This means the Hiten Mitsurugi practitioner must constantly stay in peak physical condition.
Hiten Mitsurugi Techniques
Batto-jutsu (Art of Drawing the Sword)
The batto-jutsu is a fundamental technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi style. This technique involves drawing the sword and attacking the opponent all in a single motion.
Ryu-So-Sen (Dragon's Nest Strike)
This Hiten Mitsurugi technique is a flurry attack. The swordsman uses their god-like speed to execute a series of rapid blows on the opponent.
Do-Ryu-Sen (Earth Dragon Strike)
This sword technique launches flying debris at the opponent. The do-ryu-sen is executed by striking the ground with a sword slash which creates a shock-wave that throws earth at the opponent.
Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman use this technique to distract their opponent and to give them a moment to close the gap so they can strike their opponent down.
Ryu-Tsui-Sen (Dragon Hammer Strike)
This is one of the basic techniques in the Hiten Mitsurugi style. The ryu-tsui-sen is a sword-drop technique delivered after the swordsman takes a high flying leap into the air. They then use the momentum of their leap along with the force of their body to deliver a deadly blow to their opponents head.
So-Ryu-Sen ("Double" or "Twin" Dragon Spark)
This is a double batto-jutsu technique(sword drawing attack). With this technique the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman uses the batto-jutsu technique of drawing the sword while attacking at the same time along with adding an attack with their scabbard.
The hi ryu sen is a surprise attack that has little power. For this technique the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman launches his sword out of its scabbard with their left hand.
Ryu-Sho-Sen (Dragon Flight Strike)
This is another basic technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi style. It is executed by attacking the opponent with a two handed jumping attack targeting the neck. The strike comes from below and then strikes upward aimed at the opponents throat. By jumping the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman adds more power to the strike.
Ryu-Kan-Sen (Dragon Spiral Strike)
This technique is a counter-attack. As the opponent strikes the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman evades the enemy's strike by spinning around the attack. They then use the momentum of the spin to strike their opponent in the back or on the neck.
Kuzu-Ryu-Sen (Nine-headed Dragon)
The kusu-ryu-sen is a technique in the Hiten Mnitsurugi style that is only taught to the most advanced students. In fact it is the first succession technique in the Hiten Mitsurugi style. This technique requires deadly accuracy and tremendous speed. The kusu-ryu-sen is an attack that consists of attacking the Nine vital targets that all swordsman are taught. These Nine targets are attacked almost simultaneously making it impossible to block or avoid. The only way to beat it is by striking before the attack. Hiten Mitsurugi style's Ama Kakeru no Ryu Hiramek is the only attack fast enough to beat the kusu-ryu-sen.
In the Hiten Mitsurugi style, this technique is used to test if the student is worthy of the Hiten Mitsurugi style. The master executes this technique on the student and they must counter it with a perfect Ama Kakeru no Ryu Hirameki or else they die.
Once the Hiten Mitsurugi student accomplishes this feat they become the new master of the Hiten Mitsurugi style and take upon themselves the name of Seirjuro Hiko. The name of the founder of the Hiten Mitsurugi style.
Ama Kakeru no Ryu Hirameki (Heavens Bridging Dragon Spark)
This is the Hiten Mitsurugi style's final technique. It is a batto-jutsu technique. The only difference between this technique and a regular batto-jutsu technique is instead of taking a step with the right foot as your drawing the sword the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman takes a step with their left foot. This adds more power and speed to the strike, however it also adds more risk. There is a chance that the Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman can cut is own leg.
This technique requires absolute focus and a true integration of heart and sword. The swordsman must also have an unwavering will to live.
What makes this technique so powerful is the speed of its execution is such that it creates a powerful vacuum which sucks the opponent into a second strike if they somehow avoid the initial attack. The Ama Kakeru no Ryu Hiramekiis is the ultimate technique of the Hiten Mitsurugi style and is said to be impossible to counter.
Ryu-Meisen (Dragon Howl Strike)
This is one of the most secret techniques in the Hiten Mitsurugi style. It is rarely used or seen. Basically the ryu-meisn is an re-sheathing technique. The exact opposite of the batto-jutsu. The Hiten Mitsurugi swordsman re-sheaths their sword at such a speed as to create a sonic boom that disorients their enemy.
Hiten Mitsurugi Fact or Fiction?
To the dismay of many Kenshin Himura fans the Hiten Mitsurugi style is a fictitious sword fighting art. The Hiten Mitsurugi style was created solely for the Rurouni Kenshin series.
It should be stated however, that many elements of the Hiten Mitsurugi style stem from real Japanese sword fighting arts. One such style is the Batto-jutsu, or the art of drawing the sword.
Many of the techniques within the Hiten Mitsurugi style have a core element of batto-jutsu. This is why Kenshin Himura gained the nickname of Battosai during the revolution before the Mejji era.