I focus on capturing movement with available light and am cultivating an aesthetic that I hope evokes and illuminates the timeless quality of classical and traditional martial arts.
- I have a small, curated, portfolio at Inner Capture.
Below are links to schools and teachers I recommend in classical nèijiaquán and koryu bujutsu in a variety of geographical areas:
☵ Yin Cheng Gong Fa. The website of my teacher, Master Zhang Yun, disciple of the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng. Zhang Yun and his students are an excellent source for instruction on the Chinese Martial Arts of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, Xingyi Quan, and Tongbeiquan.
☵ Academic Training Traditions. The website of Paul Cote, who teaches YCGF arts in western Maryland. Paul is a long time student of Robert Smith and Zhang Yun and an excellent source for instruction in the internal arts. He is my first taijiquan teacher and my sponsor, along with Clayton Shiu, into the YCGF family. I have benefited greatly from his instruction.
☵ Impact Martial Arts of Cascadia. The school of Rives Thornton, who teaches YCGF arts in northern Washington State, near Bellingham.
☵ . The Hobyokan is a private dojo in Rockville, Maryland and is led by David Hall, long-time student of Donn Draeger, Namiki Yasushi, and Yagyu Nobuharu. Arts taught at the Hobyokan include Shindo Muso-ryu jo, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu heiho, and Kashima-shinden Jiki Shinkage-ryu kenjutsu.
I have been very fortunate to have the opportunity to learn Jiki Shinkage-ryu from David Hall in a very traditional manner and benefit from his insight into many lines of Shinkage-ryu kenjutsu he encountered during his stays in Japan.
☵ Kogen Budo. The website of Ellis Amdur. Ellis teaches Araki-ryu Torite-kogusoku and Toda-ha Buko-ryu and has students in several geographic locations. People considering learning classical Japanese martial arts would do well to seek them out. His Buko-ryu is elegant, powerful, and austere while his Araki-ryu is ferocious and eerily unsettling. Ellis has been diligently studying ideas from and elements of internal martial arts, first with Su Dong Chen, and more recently understanding what different senior teachers have to offer. He expresses sudden, extreme, power and remains balanced and able to move and react. I really like the body mechanics he is bringing to his budo. I think the internal, for Ellis, has permeated both of the arts he has been entrusted with -- in a way that is compatible with each art's character and in a way that honors his teachers instead of departing from them. This demonstration is worth watching.
☵ The Yushinkan. The Yushinkan is a Daito-ryu Takumakai shibu (branch) in NYC which teaches a traditional form of aiki-jujutsu as passed down by students of Takuma Hisa, who trained under Takeda Sokaku and Ueshiba Morihei in Daito-ryu. It is a small and dedicated group worth investigating as a source of training in Daito-ryu if you are in the tri-state area. Update: The Seattle Aiki Club is a sister Takumakai dojo located at the Japanese Cultural Center in Seattle.
☵ The Ryuzukan: Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. Chris Covington and Brian Wagner run a Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu dojo called the Ryuzukan under the permission of Kondo Katsuyuki, the current headmaster (soke) of mainline Daito-ryu. Kondo Katsuyuki trained under Takeda Tokimune, the son of Takeda Sokaku.
At annual kagami biraki of the Hobyokan, I have been very impressed by Chris and Brian's Daito-ryu demonstration -- their techniques were crisp, powerful, and balanced. The Daito-ryu I saw Chris and Brian perform have been some of the best jujutsu demonstrations I have witnessed. They also are strong practitioners of Jiki Shinkage-ryu. If you are interested in training in Daito-ryu in the Maryland or Virginia area, they are excellent resources.
☵ The Shinyokai. Toby Threadgill preserves and teaches Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu, a late Edo-period style of jujutsu encompassing both armed and unarmed combat in a refreshingly integrated manner. I have several friends who train in Shindo Yoshin-ryu and who have nothing but positive things to say about Threadgill and the arts he has inherited.
Murakumo Dojo of Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu.
☵ Murakumo Dojo, is led by Doug Walker, shoden in Takamura-ha Shindo Yoshin-ryu, in Atlanta. He continues to mentor the Portland study group of the art, which continues in a new space under the administration of Troy Gehrett.
☵ The Tokumeikan. The Tokumeikan is a kenjutsu and jujutsu dojo in the Toronto area led by Douglas Tong. The Tokumeikan teaches the Otsubo-ha Yagyu Shinkage-ryu and Yagyu Shingan-ryu (Arakido), under the guidance of Kajitsuka Yasushi, who visits Canada on an annual basis. The Tokumeikan also maintains a practice of Katori Shinto-ryu from Sugino Yoshio.
☵ Lonin. The Lonin League is a collective focused on Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Seattle. Lonin has several activities ongoing, including a studies focused on the Italian sword methods of Fiore, German Longsword (Kunst des Fechtens or KdF), English backsword, Grand baton, and Victorian martial arts, known as antagonistics.