Moon Mountain Hall
The name of my teaching activity is the Moon Mountain Hall ("Gassankan" or "Yue Shan Guan") as it was while visiting the Gassan Dai Jinja ( 月山大神社 ) shrine on Mt. Haguro in the Dewa Sanzan ( 出羽三山 ) area of Yamagata Prefecture, and the Hagurosan Kōtakuji Shōzenin ( 羽黒山荒沢寺正善院 ) Shugendo temple in Haguro-machi, I decided to focus my studies on internal and classical weapons arts, after fifteen years of hard training in a mix of karate, aikido, and modern jujutsu. Fifteen years since that moment, I find myself having relocated to Seattle and beginning to offer instruction in both classical Japanese martial arts and traditional Chinese internal martial arts to share what I can of what I know with others who have similar interests in the martial ways of old. I want to make sure people who approach me with an interest in traditional martial arts are well informed about the subject, so I have preserved a reading list on this site. I have also provided some links to recommended resources of training groups I either participate in directly, or have seen the practice of first hand and endorse, and recommend strongly to those who are interested. There are several advanced practitioners of koryu in and around Seattle, so when possible, I try to recommend people seek out opportunities that best match their interests.
Gassankan: Jiki Shinkage-ryu
I currently have permission from my kenjutsu instructor to teach the Hojo kata of Kashima-shinden Jikishinkage-ryu in order to maintain my practice of the art. I do so in Seattle under the auspices of the Lonin League, a "nonprofit dedicated to advancing historical martial arts from all over the world". Our group meets several times a month and focuses on the basics of Jikishinkage-ryu kenjutsu, a hard internal style of swordsmanship founded in the late 16th century. This offering is meant to be open to those people who have an interest in early Japanese swordsmanship with a focus on body mechanics, power development, and cultivation of the mind and spirit through the use of Taoist five element theory that were introduced into the art when its fourth headmaster, Ogasawara Genshinsai Minamoto no Nagaharu (小 笠原源信斎源長冶, 1574–1644), spent 20 years in Beijing in the early 17th century, practicing Chinese martial arts, including the large and heavy kwan dao.
Jiki Shinkage-ryu Habiki
Over time, additional elements of the Jikishinkage-ryu curriculum may be explored in my class, as well as material from other arts, to provide additional context for what we are doing. Because of this exploration, the Gassankan is best viewed as an independent dojo.
Those interested can email to arrange a time to watch a practice and discuss the art. Specific training implements are required, so some planning and commitment are required to participate, but all those genuinely interested are welcome.
Yue Shan Guan: Chinese Internal Martial Arts
I also have permission to teach elements of Chinese Internal Martial Arts as part of North American Yin Cheng Gong Fa (YCGF). In this subject matter, I do not currently hold a regular class, but instead work on subsets of the arts preserved in that tradition with advanced practitioners of martial arts, based on their interests.
Lu Dong Bin, Daoist Immortal Swordsman