Kage-ryū (Aizu)

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This article is about the school of Kage-ryū (陰流) founded c. 1490. For the school of Kage-ryū (影流) founded c.1550, see Kage-ryū.
Kage-ryū
(陰流)
Foundation
Founder Aizu Hyūga-no-Kami Iko (c.1452–1538)
Date founded c.1490
Period founded Sengoku period (mid-1400s–mid-1600s)
Current information
Current headmaster None
Current headquarters None
Arts taught
Art Description
Kenjutsu Sword art
Descendant schools
Yagyū Shinkage-ryūKashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ryū

Kage-ryū (陰流?) is a traditional school (koryū) of swordsmanship (kenjutsu) founded by Aizu Hyūga-no-Kami Iko (c.1452–1538) in c.1490. This school is also sometimes called Aizu Kage-ryū after the name of its founder. The founder was also known as Aizu Ikōsai Hisatada, and his surname is sometimes written as "Aisu" instead of "Aizu."

Legacy[edit]

Aizu had two primary students, his son Aizu Koshichiro, and Kamiizumi Hidetsugu. Kamiizumi Hidetsugu would go on to teach Kage-ryū to his son Kamiizumi Ise-no-Kami Nobutsuna, a famous swordsman and founder of Shinkage-ryū (新陰流?) (which would be renamed Yagyū Shinkage-ryū by Nobutsuna's equally famous student Yagyū Sekishūsai Muneyoshi.

Modern practice[edit]

Today, the Kage-ryū of Aizu Hyūga-no-Kami Iko exists only through its influence of later schools of swordsmanship, such as Yagyū Shinkage-ryū and Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage-ryū, and the many schools that they in turn influenced.