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Old 09-04-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
Russell Davis
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 55
Looking for sword schools

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)
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Old 09-04-2009, 06:14 PM   #2
Ellis Amdur
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Location: Seattle
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 934
Re: sword schools

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

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Old 09-04-2009, 07:08 PM   #3
Russell Davis
Join Date: Mar 2009
Posts: 55
Re: Looking for sword schools

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.
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Old 09-05-2009, 06:07 PM   #4
Phil Davison
Dojo: Seishinkan
Location: Dunedin
Join Date: Nov 2008
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New Zealand
Re: Looking for sword schools

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.
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