I have three Japanese swords in my house, because my father used to be Jigen-ryu master.
Jigen-ryu is a traditional school of Japanese martial arts founded in the late 16th century by Togo Chui (1561-1643) in Satsuma Province, now Kagoshima prefecture, Kyushu, Japan.
It focuses mainly on the art of swordsmanship. The two different characters for gen are variants with the same meaning: “reality”.
Jigen-ryu is known for its emphasis on the first strike: Jigen-ryu defines that a second strike to opponent is not even considered.
The basic technique is to hold the sword in a high version of “hasso-no-kamae” called “tonbo-no-kamae”, with the sword held vertically above the right shoulder.
The attack is then done by running forward at your opponent and then cutting diagonally down on their neck.
The Kiai is a loud “Ei!”. The style is still taught at the Jigen-ryu practice hall in the city of Kagoshima. Currently, my uncle is teaching it in Kagoshima now.
I want a lot of people know about Jigen-ryu.