Opening and Closing of Doors


I moved to Seattle in 2016 and had the privilege of working with a few talented individuals on some of the martial arts I had previously learned. This included both Chinese internal martial arts (mostly Taijiquan and Xingyiquan) as well as classical Japanese swordsmanship (specifically Jiki Shinkage-ryu). I appreciated those opportunities greatly.

I managed to do this through the pandemic, on a small scale, even with a work assignment intervening back in DC. I am happy that two of my swordsmanship students, Nicky Sayah Sina and Jake Harlin, who I have been working with since 2018, have progressed to the point where they have a firm understanding and practice of Jiki Shinkage-ryu Hojo and To no kata, the first two formal sections of that art's curriculum.

I have decided to keep my teaching activities small and limited moving forward, especially in Japanese sword arts. I learned Jiki Shinkage-ryu in a traditional manner, but am not connected to a formal lineage in Japan. While I prefer Jiki Shinkage-ryu to other arts, there are very good sources of instruction in the Seattle area for koryu that have continuing associations with lineal heads of their respective arts inside or outside of Japan.

So, I am no longer accepting new students in Jiki Shinkage-ryu.

If you find yourself drawn to that art, please visit Jiki at Lonin for training opportunities under my students, who I continue to mentor. They train as part of Lonin, a quite special place, which for those interested, contains a wealth of knowledge and opportunity for growth on the martial path of artistry and scholarship.

More information on my martial arts instruction, as opposed the more general essays on martial arts and culture you will find here on Inner Dharma, can be found at The Gassankan.