Anatomy of a Fatality

Thursday, Mar 26, 2020 6 – 8 pm

1524 N. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60610


The International Museum of Surgical Science along with the Japanese Culture Center of Chicago are pleased once again to bring you "The Anatomy of a Fatality."

Featuring a lecture and demonstration from Mugai Ryu Chicago, practitioners of a traditional form of Japanese swordsmanship dating back to the 1600's. Guests can also explore the museum.

"It is important to realize the consequences of a cut to any part of the human body."

The lecture will discuss samurai combative theory in relation to human anatomy and targets on the body both armored and unarmored. Also discussed will be the philosophies around the concepts of Katsujinken, or the use of the sword to protect life the weak, and Satsujinken, or, using the sword with murderous intent.

Samurai history and culture will also be touched upon, as well as a demonstration of traditional Japanese Swordsmanship.

After the lecture a short seminar will allow guests to learn the basics of cutting so they may gain a better understanding of "The Anatomy of a Fatality," Samurai style.

The type of swordsmanship that will be demonstrated and discussed at this event is Mugai Ryu Iai Hyodo. Mugai Ryu is a traditional, feudal-era style of swordsmanship founded by Tsuji Gettan Sukemochi in the year 1675. The style aims at teaching practical, combative sword techniques with an emphasis on Zen and the attainment of enlightenment through swordsmanship. A Mugai Ryu swordsman attacks vulnerable or exposed parts of the body with precise cuts and thrusts to incapacitate its target with minimal force and no wasted effort.

*Doors will open at 5:30pm for this event
*Please arrive no later than 6:00pm
*Tickets for this event are non-refundable
*Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event and a valid ID will be needed to enter

*Photo courtesy of Fauve Foto.