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Russell Davis
09-04-2009, 04:19 PM
Hello everyone,

can anyone suggest a school or dojo where I can go and live, study full time, and not weekly classes,
primary interest would be kobudo, empty hand stuff not important as I already have 35 years plus training in that department
(Im 51 and not 13 as some people think)

Ellis Amdur
09-04-2009, 05:14 PM
Mr. Davis - I'd say nowhere (although I have wondered for sometime if I can install someone on a shelf in my shed and call them out to do yardwork, after convincing them that this is the true way to swordsmanship).

Here's what i know. There are perhaps 20 legitimate koryu groups in the US - give or take a few. None of them are full time schools - there are people training - occasionally - under the authority of a teacher or one licensed by a teacher to run a group.

I do not know of ANY such schools in Japan. I mean that. Koryu is so attenuated that no one can make a living at it, so all the teachers I am aware of have a real job and teach on the side. Therefore, few one can maintain a dojo, and I know of none with uchi-deshi programs. Most koryu train once or twice a week or unusually more.

Now about that shelf . . .

Ellis Amdur

Russell Davis
09-04-2009, 06:08 PM
Hi Ellis, thank for that info. Shame as I am prepared to travel far for the privillage.
As an alternative I would consider being on someones shelf, provided it was all formal dress, language and such. I do have a wealth of experience in other arts, which I would be willing to share
on a one to one basis.

Phil Davison
09-05-2009, 05:07 PM
You might look up some of the schools associated with Sekiguchi Komei (Komei Juku, Komei Jyuku). Although I don't know of any live in programmes several of these train everyday, and some have quite frequent contact with Sekiguchi Sensei.