Terasaka Yakuro Masatsune

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Terasaka Yakuro Masatsune
BornTerasaka Yakuro Masatsune
1567
Died1594
Native name赤坂 弥九郎 政雅 
Other namesZenkitsu, Zenkichi (善吉)
StyleKenjutsu
Iaijutsu
Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu
Teacher(s)Kaneko Shinkuro Morisada
Notable studentsTogo Shigekata

Terasaka Yakuro Masatsune (赤坂 弥九郎 政雅, 1567- 1594) was a direct student of Kaneko Shinkuro Morisada the second headmaster of the Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu.[1] Terasaka is better known by his Buddhist dharma name- Zenkitsu (善吉, also read Zenkichi). He was the chief priest at the Buddhist temple Tennenji of the Soto Zen School not far from Kuramadera near Kyoto.[1]

Zenkitsu later succeeded Kaneko in becoming the third headmaster (soke) of the Tenshinsho Jigen Ryu.[2] His best student was a samurai from the Satsuma domain, Togo Shigekata, whom he taught between 1588-1589.[1] In less than a year Shigekata would master the Tenshisho Jigen Ryu and synthesize it with the Taisha Ryu to create the Jigen Ryu.[3]

Zenkitsu died in c. 1594.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hall, David A. (2012). Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts. New York: Kodansha USA. pp. 515–516. ISBN 978-1-56836-410-0.
  2. ^ 雪, 綿谷 (1978). 武芸流派大事典 (増補大改訂版 ed.). 東京: 東京コピイ出版部. p. 599.
  3. ^ 加来, 耕三 (2015). 日本武術・武道大事典. Tokyo: 勉誠出版. p. 78. ISBN 978-4585200321.