Soji Okita (1842–1868)
He studied the Tennen Rishin-ryu school of swordsmanship from 9 years of age and utilized his amazing skills as captain of the Shinsegumi's first unit. His signature move was called the Sandantsuki – a move that could pierce an enemy three times at a speed faster than the eye could follow. Because of his magnificent sword skills, he was called "Tensai Kenshi" (sword prodigy). Okita died at 27 years of age due to the exacerbation of his tuberculosis.