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Iizasa Ienao

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Iizasa Ienao (飯篠家直 Iizasa Ienao) (c. 1387 - 1488) was the founder of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu which is an old style Japanese koryu martial art. His name is sometimes written as Iizasa Chōisai Ienao (飯篠長威斉家直 Iizasa Chouisai Ienao), and his Buddhist posthumous name is Taiganin-den-Taira-no-Ason-Iga-no-Kami-Raiodo-Hon-Daikoji.

He was a respected spearman and swordsman whose home town was destroyed and he was wandering the land until he settled down near the Katori Shrine and founded the Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu circa 1447.

Last updated: 02-28-2005 02:13:09