Jason Lee A. Hatcher, Katsujinken, a Sword Arts Journal Editor-in-Chief and Founder, now Meishiha Mugai Ryu Group Leader in Washington DC is beginning a new study group in Northern Virginia
Mr. Jason Lee A. Hatcher, Meishiha Study Group Leader for Washington DC (also Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Katsujinken Magazine) announces a new study group formation in the Northern Virginia | Washington DC corridor. He stated, “At the present time, we are searching for a location for a Meishiha Mugai Ryu as well as United States (US) Batto Do Federation sword art studies group. It is my intention, to locate a venue among the cities of Springfield, Alexandria, Annandale, Falls Church or Shirlington, but basically anywhere in Northeastern Fairfax County and/or Washington DC are a consideration. Having been sanctioned Study Group Leader for Washington DC in Meishiha Mugai Ryu by Tony Alvarez Sensei of Senpokan Dojo in Southern California, it is our hope for the group to also represent Sang Kim Sensei from New York City, New York in US Batto Do Federation studies as well.
Alvarez Sensei serves as Head Representative of Meishiha under Ninna Gosoke of Japan and Kim Sensei serves as President of US Batto Do Federation, both Sensei’s have the deepest respect of our ever-growing membership. This is an exciting path of discovery, which I’m thankful to be honored with through Meishiha and to serve both Meishiha and US Batto Do Federation locally. This is going to serve as a true labor of love on my part – I feel very blessed to be able to aid others in the Meishiha and US Batto Do path of sword studies.”
Mr. Hatcher said the study group requires space for 2 to 3 hours one evening per week initially, and he added, there are a modest 3 to 6 existing students who are more than anxious to meet and train. It is anticipated their numbers will grow exponentially over time. Of course, the group intends to respect any membership count restrictions of any venue willing to sponsor them.
Training is slated to consist of standing and kneeling kata, kumitachi (two men forms), tameshigiri (cutting), bokken drills (wooden swords), Zen principles and other relative sword art practices as a non-profit organization with a 501 (c)(3) pending. Dues are certain to remain nominal in order to cover required rent and/or event costs among sword art and Japanese community happenings members may desire to participate in.
The study group will represent and follow traditional art forms with respect to the Japanese lineage and leadership Meishiha and US Batto Do Federation represent. Mr. Hatcher would not disclose the “name” of the new study group, which he stated is currently under wraps until leadership discussions and research ensures it meets with approval the tradition of the practices. He assured us he has a name on the tip of his tongue, which he furthered was hard to keep from sharing. We look forward to know what it will be!
If you feature a location for their consideration and/or a desire to join this up and coming Washington DC area study group – feel free to contact the author of this press release or Mr. Hatcher directly at: Jason@katsujinkenmagazine.com. He shares, “I’ll be happy to discuss Meishiha Mugai Ryu and US Batto Do Federation at any time!”
About Jason Lee A. Hatcher: Mr. Hatcher, Editor-in-Chief | Founder of Katsujinken, a Sword Arts Journal (www.katsujinkenmagazine.com)
Mr. Hatcher is a husband and father. He currently resides in Northern Virginia, a metropolitan Washington DC suburb.