Tiida-ryū is a name of Okinawan origin and, as such, does not have kanji, which is used for Japanese language. However, we selected kanji that holds a meaning consistent with our intent.
The kanji is read in Japanese as Tenyō-ryū.
Tiida-ryū – Immortal (travel by) Light Style
Tenyō-ryū – Heavenly Sun Style
Both names for our style are acceptable and interchangeable.
Lara Chamberlain, Tiida-ryū Kaiso (founder)
Ms. Lara Chamberlain started karate in 1985, practicing Shorin-ryū at her University Club. 10 years later, she ventured to Okinawa to meet the founder of Matsubayashi-ryū, Shōshin Nagamine. From that point forward, she trained diligently in Okinawa annually, sometimes more, and was placed directly under the tutelage of Yasuharu Makishi Sensei, Hanshi. She enjoyed personal training with him for nearly 15 years. During this same time, she trained with many other senior teachers in Okinawa, including Seigi Nakamura, Takayoshi Nagamine, and many others.
In 2019, Ms. Chamberlain finished rebuilding her home dojo and decided to continue exploring and expanding her roots by starting Tiida-ryū, accredited by the All Japan Budo Association (www.japanbudo.com).
Tiida-ryū is based on the same kata system set by Shōshin Nagamine and includes Kobudō from Matsubayashi-ryū as well as the Yamane system, as taught by Kiyomasa Maeda, Hanshi.
Acknowledgement of new Ryuha from All Japan Budo Association
Ms. Chamberlain with her Sensei, Yasuharu Makishi, during a visit to Santa Cruz
Ms. Chamberlain with Grandmaster Shōshin Nagamine in the Matsubayashi-ryū honbu
Ms. Chamberlain with Sōke Takayoshi Nagamine in Okinawa