Jigen Ryu

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Jigen-ryû is famous as Satsuma's local kenjutsu school or style, and its philosophies have been much mythologized in association with the lionization of the "heroes" of the Satsuma Rebellion and of the Bakumatsu and Meiji periods otherwise.

One of the most celebrated followers of this style is Saigô Takamori (1827-1877) who led a revolt on the island of Kyushu against a conscription decree issued by the Meiji Emperor.

This ryû-ha is famous for its unique concept "You must kill the enemy in the first tachi."

Shinto Ryu geneology


  • Nihon Densho Bugei Ryuha Dokuhon(日本伝承武芸流派読本) Shinjinbutsu Orai sha 1994