OBB, Cert Clin. AFPA, M. Why train in Iaido and Kenjutsu, why train in the koryu? I get these question a lot when people ask me what I do or about my hobbies and interests. Stranger still when you realize that very few Japanese themselves train in the martial arts. Often viewing those that do as old fashioned oddballs.
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OBB, Cert Clin. AFPA, M. Why train in Iaido and Kenjutsu, why train in the koryu? I get these question a lot when people ask me what I do or about my hobbies and interests. Stranger still when you realize that very few Japanese themselves train in the martial arts. Often viewing those that do as old fashioned oddballs. To be a westerner, from a tiny island on other side of the world a doing this Be warned though, the koryu, Iai and Kenjutsu are not for the faint of heart. They are very hard to endure training in.
It takes a particular type of mindset and strength, one that I believe can be accessed, fostered and developed by anyone. But for those that train in koryu, they rarely ask, "why".
The why is unimportant. Before we can examine the why, we need to clear up a few important concepts What is Koryu Bujutsu? Wait, what the heck is a koryu? These are the arts used on the field of battle, developed and used by the historical samurai. Thus bujutsu can be read as "science of war" or "martial craft". It is nothing less than a complete study of the arts of war and combat. A great starting place however is to read the Koryu Primer by Diane Skoss.
The main considerations for koryu bujutsu status are often debated in online forums - which is ironic, as the best answers in the martial arts are found not in the knowing analysis but in the doing. So what are the criteria
What is Koryu Bujutsu
The physical and mental mindset that galvanizes this calling lies within the tenets of the koryu bujutsu. As a young Marine, I read the legendary Donn F. Concurrently, I read the fabled history of the Marine Corps and envisioned myself on Technicolor battlefields leading Marines to victory. I sought to draw some kind of parallel between the weapons of the koryu that I longed to train with and the M16 rifle and K Bar fighting knife that constitute the tools of my daily trade. There is no magic secret or dramatic field of glory.
Koryu budo, kobudo, kobujutsu, koryu bujutsu: what's the difference?