Hi Jason, welcome aboard! Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu okay, that's got you some cred nicely done how long have you been training in the Ryu-ha?
I don't know about “cred”, but I love my ryu, and the people I train with, so that's good enough for me. I have been training since they first had a seminar here in the US, December 2009. (Has it been that long?)
Ha, it's Koryu… with me, yeah, that's cred… again, welcome aboard. I look forward to the discussions.
So, rather than the two of you having a nice mutual admiration society thing going on... Maybe you can tell us a little bit about your style?
Well, what is there to tell? We are from Kagoshima, so there was a lot of fighting with what is now Okinawa. The wiki page is fairly accurate. We really like training...we were founded by Setoguchi Bizen no Kami in the 1500s...
Not really sure what you are looking for.
Probably both armed and unarmed, as per usual combat. The art is sogobudo, although we mainly spend time with iaijutsu and kenjutsu. I am a student, a nidan, and I have been training since 2009. I have been to Japan once to train, and did an enbu at Kashima Jingu. If you go to www.jigenryu.jp, and wait for the pictures to scroll through, there is a picture with our group in front of the dojo at Kashima Jingu. I am in the back, on the right as you look at it. (The only Caucasian.) I run a training group in Frederick, MD, USA, and I'm headed back to Japan to train this September. There will also be an enbu at Yasukuni Jingu.Armed, unarmed, both? What makes your style different from others? How long have you been training? Do you lead your school, or are you just a student? I can look at the Wiki page... but YOU can tell me about what the style is like...