External Resources

Below are links to resources and training opportunities recommended in traditional martial arts and culture:

. 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.

More pictures of this enbu (demonstration) from 2016 can be found at here.

Yin Cheng Gong Fa North America (YCGF). The website of Zhang Yun, lineal disciple of the late Grandmaster Wang Peisheng, who resides in Pittsburgh, PA. Zhang Yun and his senior students are an excellent source for instruction on the Chinese Martial Arts of Bagua Zhang, Taiji Quan, Xing Yi Quan, and Tongbei Quan. The YCGF website has a number of links to active training groups led by senior students of Zhang Yun. In addition to the branches listed on the YCGF website, Rives Thornton at Impact Martial Arts of Cascadia holds Taijiquan classed in Bellingham, WA.

Araki-ryu Torite Kogusoku is a fierce martial tradition maintained by Ellis Amdur. He also a shihan of the classical naginata school Tenshin Buko-ryu, and maintains a blog called Kogen Budo.

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. My friends Michael Heiler (Yoshin Kage Dojo) and Troy Gehrett both train under Threadgill and have only good things to say about their practice. The Shinkyokai website has a comprehensive listing of branch dojo.

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, and Victorian martial arts, known as antagonistics.