My name is Ric Sniffen and I'm a Chunin subleader of the Tengu Ryu under Junin Yamashiro. I begun my Martial Arts Training at the age of 4 years old under my father Hanshi William Sniffen Sr. and his teacher Hanshi Shinoda Minoru in the Tanaka Ryu and in Nipon/Ryukyu Kaishu Ki Kempo ( Zen Combat Karate ). I currently hold the rank of Rokudan in the Art and the Title of Kyoshi. At the age of 8 I begun studying Koga Ryu under Yamashiro Junin in the Tengu system. eventually earning the Title of Chunin in Tengu Ryu.
I then began studying the Korean Martial Art of Sul Sa Do under GrandMaster Kim H. Lee. In 1985 I was awarded the rank and title of Yook Dan Kwanjangnim ( Master Instructor ). I have also studied Keupsu Chirigi or method of striking pressure points and joints etc. My teacher passed away in 1988 leaving me the honor to carry on his Art.
I currently operate schools in Oklahoma, Texas, Nebraska, and Kansas with another soon to open in Minnesota ( late 2001). My main school is in Guymon ,Oklahoma and consist of 20 full time active students who train in the VERY TRADITIONAL methods of Tengu Koga Ryu. In the past I have taught some 145+ students in the Martial Arts, along with members of Foreign Governments, Military, Law Enforcement and Bodyguards. My current group is an ACTIVE group of Shinobi 20 to be exact, we have offered our services to Japan and other foreign governments.
My commitment to the Koga Ryu is to see that the Ryu will Flurish Forever and that someone will carry on the teachings of our great system. My commitment to each of you is that of a brother in the Art. I will be here to answer questions explain techniques do seminars at your shool etc. all you need to do is ask.
I'm Married to a 4th Dg. Black Belt in Moo Duk Kwan Julie, and we have 4 children Nicole 15, Sabrina 12 Ricky 9 and Michael 8. Each of my children begun training at the age of 4 years okd in Tengu Ryu.
I'm also on the Board for ninja clans to deal with ranking, systems, and problems withim the Koga Ryu.
I can be contacted by E-Mail at anytime my E-Mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org
please feel free to contact me with any questions or to help find some.
Sincerely one in the Path