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1st April 2002, 17:20
I am interested in Koryu Bujutsu in the north Texas area. Willing to travel reasonable distances. I'm located in DFW.

Any suggestions would be kindly appreciated.

Dave M. Smith

1st April 2002, 20:11
Hi Dave,
As far as I know, there are only two places in North Texas that teach a koryu art. Joe Bostick teaches Shin Shin Sekiguchi ryu in Cleburne. He can be reached at bostick@digitex.net . John Ray teaches MJER Iaido up in Denton. He has a web page here ... http://people.unt.edu/~djr0001/
Toby Threadgill teaches Takemura Ha Shindo Yoshin ryu in Dallas. Strictly speaking it isn't a koryu but is about as close as you can get. He is moving to Colorado this summer though, so I don't know if he would accept any new students. He has a web site here ... http://www.shinyokai.com/
That's all as far as I know. Please let me know if you encounter any others.


1st April 2002, 20:37

Thank you for your reply. I appreciate the information. Are you a Budo or Bujutsu practitioner in the area?


2nd April 2002, 18:37
Hi Dave,
I train with a gendai bujutsu school called Kobu Shin Ryu in Plano. We train Batto/Kenjutsu on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Vines High School and are underwritten by the Plano Parks and Rec. Department. Other weapons are generally taught through seminars. If you have more questions, shoot me an email at pgsmith49@hotmail.com as we're getting off the topic for this forum. :toast:


Jason Chambers
3rd April 2002, 04:37

PM or email John Lindsey (EBUDO ADMIN), he is a good source and is in Houston. George Kohler, his student is closer to you and can be of assistance as well.

Good luck.

3rd April 2002, 16:25
Thanks for the replies all,

Dave Smith

17th June 2008, 19:51
I am interested in studying kenjutsu or other koryu sword arts in the Austin area. I found some info in past threads but most have led to dead ends. Any help would be appreciated.

domo arigato

Bill Hiles

18th June 2008, 21:11
Does anyone here on E-Budo train in Shinbunkan Kuroda Ryu-gi at this Austin dojo? Or perhaps in San Antonio?


Bill Hiles

19th June 2008, 21:12
I have trained with Kuroda sensei during one visits to the San Antonio dojo. Contact info here http://jbull.home.texas.net/index.html

19th June 2008, 21:24
Thank you.

Bill Hiles

20th June 2008, 13:38
How does this technique compare with other martial arts?

20th June 2008, 17:24
While we are not in Austin, we have an MJER study group training in San Antonio (1 hour south).


23rd June 2008, 21:34
Also in your area ...

In Austin;
Damir Jamsek teaches Yagyu Shinkage ryu at Austin Aikikai ... http://www.austinaikikai.org/
Stef Finley teaches Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin ryu at Shoshinkan dojo ... http://www.shinyokai.com/home.htm

In San Antonio, there is a study group of the Shinbukan Kuroda ryu-gi of Tetsuzan Kuroda at the Shinbukan Texas Keikokai ... http://jbull.home.texas.net/

I can vouch for both the Yagyu Shinkage ryu and Shindo Yoshin ryu groups. Don't really know anything about the Shinbukan Texas Keikokai other than that they exist.

25th June 2008, 01:31
...Don't really know anything about the Shinbukan Texas Keikokai other than that they exist.
They are serious, and are directly authorized (and visited) by Kuroda Tetsuzan sensei. I trained with them for a couple of years while I lived there. Good folks, small dojo.

21st October 2009, 07:11
I didn't see a thread about this here, so I thought I'd ask on the off-chance. I'd love an opportunity to learn about the koryu - specifically, sword-related arts - but I was under the impression I really had to go to Japan.

So if you know of any in Texas (or Washington State, actually), speak up please! :)

21st October 2009, 15:49
There are quite a number of koryu dojo in Washington state. There are fewer in Texas, but there are still quite a few. They generally don't advertise, which is why they are not well known. If you tell people just where in Texas or Washington, (do you commute?) then you would probably get a bit more help.

21st October 2009, 20:00
Ah, good to know. I Googled and found nothing, so I assumed there probably wouldn't be any at all!

I'm seriously considering moving to Seattle in Washington, and live in Odessa, Texas right now. It's about 120 miles from Lubbock, 300 from Austin. Very much doubt there will be one here, or anywhere closer than Austin, but since I'm going to move soon anyhow...

21st October 2009, 21:48
If memory serves Phil Relnick and Ellis Amdur both live in or around Seattle. Mr. Relnick teaches Shindo Muso-ryu and Katori Shinto-ryu (http://www.tenshinsho-den-katori-shinto-ryu.org). Mr. Amdur teaches Toda ha Buko-ryu and Araki-ryu (http://www.ellisamdur.com). I'm sure there might be others in the area, too.

Good luck!

21st October 2009, 22:41
Sorry, but there is absolutely nothing in Odessa, not to mention no koryu arts. Heck, I've got family in Odessa, and even they're not worth going there for. :)
Seattle is rich in koryu though. In addition to the two mentioned by Mr. Covington, you can also get MSR iaido at http://www.musokai.org/
There are good people doing Shinto ryu here ... http://www.shinto-ryu.net/v1/
Scott Irey teaches MJER iaido, but you'd have to do some investigative work to turn up his contact information. He's a great guy and his iaido is VERY nice.

22nd October 2009, 01:05
Stef Finley teaches Takamura ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu in Austin.

Joseph Svinth
22nd October 2009, 02:26
If you're in Texas, then wouldn't drill with saber and bayonet, using manuals such as Cooke (1862), constitute koryu? It is pre-1868, uses traditional weapons, and was taught to folks who expected to use it.

See, for example, http://www.usregulars.com/Cooke_files/cooke_05.htm#SabEx

23rd October 2009, 00:16
Thanks a lot to everyone who posted. I was sure there wouldn't be anything... I am surprised and pleased! Now I've got some research to do.

By the way, pgsmith - you say iaido, but I thought the "-do" arts were as far from koryu as you can get. I may not understand the terminology exactly right (I would say "iaijutsu").

@Joseph: Interesting idea, but not exactly what I meant... :D

23rd October 2009, 05:50
Hey Karl,
Really its just how you want to define it ie do/jutsu.... both are technically acceptable. Its kinda ironic that most Westerners tend to focus on a very narrow deffinition where as the different terms are used a little more freely in Japanese. Yes there is a wide spectrum of thought on this. Some good examples of this are Nakayama hakudo using the kanji for jutsu and specificially using it as waza or vice versa, same with using Kanji for Batto and calling it Iai/ Iaijutsu something along that line. Happy hunting!!