LAURENCE (KOGETSU) SMITH
Instructor, Seitei Jodo, Atarashii Naginata/Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu, Shinjinkai
Laurence (Kogetsu) Smith,is an instructor at Shinjinkai, and since 2006 has trained under the direction of both Niina Toyoaki-sensei, the soke (headmaster) of Meishi-ha Mugai Ryu Iaihyodo, Briant Pettett-sensei, and Tony Alvarez-sensei, head of the United States Federation of Mugai Ryu. He holds the rank of godan (5th degree) within the Meishi-ha lineage, he has been granted okuiri-sho, a traditional license to practice the inner, advanced-level techniques of Mugai Ryu. In 2010, he became a student of Takami Tanner sensei of the Rocky Mountain Naginata Federation in Atarashii Naginata and Bitokukai Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu. He was also fortunate to become a jodo practitioner under Peter Boylan Sensei of the Michigan Koryu Kenkyukai, where Laurence is shodan (1st degree) in Seitei Jodo (All United States Kendo Federation). Laurence also trains in Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo’s Fuzoku Ryuha (Assimilated Schools), Shinto ryu kenjutsu & Uchida ryu Tanjo jutsu. To compliment his budo training, he is Assistant Teacher (1st level) in the Ohara School of Ikebana, under 2nd Associate Master/Instructor Margot Wang.