February 2019 Japan Trip
Wow, only just one week in Japan, but it feels much longer. Thank you Osano-sensei for taking the time to be such a knowledgeable teacher, I am sorry for making so many mistakes 🤣Most of the time was about studying numerous Shibukawa Ichi-ryu kata (I lost count but the detailed notes will help). We also studied all Chuden kata and some Okuden kata for Tanbojutsu (so painful). The last full keiko day was all about Asayama Ichiden-ryu Bojutsu, as we focused on 10 kata that are part of the omote curriculum of Shibukawa Ichi-ryu. These are the original edo-era kata that can be traced back through the lineage of the ryuha, and not the watered down version you see in other schools these days. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn these crystals of beauty!