Tennen Rishin-ryu

In addition to sword techniques, this comprehensive martial art also utilizes jujitsu, rods, and spears to defeat enemies. Led by figures who had mastered the style such as Isami Kondo and Toshizou Hijikata, the Shinsengumi was said to be the strongest combat group. In practice sessions, heavy wooden swords were used to forge physical strength so that the student would not be outmatched when fighting with a real sword, and one student would face many others at the same time. The discipline is the embodiment of the intense desire to "never lose."