In Japanese arts, those that were founded before the Meiji restoration in 1868 are called "koryu" arts, literally "old school." Those founded after are called "gendai" arts. At Blackbird Martial Arts, we offer three respected arts that span koryu and gendai eras and go back as far as 450 years!
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu is a koryu sword art that traces its history back to the founder of Iaido, Hayashizaki Jinsuke, born 1546. We practice our tradition under the 22nd headmaster of the art, Carl Long. Japanese martial arts do not get more traditional or authentic than this!
If you're looking for something just as traditional, just as old, but incredibly rare, try Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu, also a koryu art. The jo is a staff that measures 50.25 inches: this art uses it to defend against swordsmen. Founded around the year 1600, this was a tremendously popular art among samurai families for generations. Now, it considered a martial artist's martial art, complex and exacting, and only rarely encountered.
Our karate art, Shinpi Karasu-ryu Karate, is a gendai art based in Shotokan karate along with many other influences. In addition to the powerful strikes, we study the locks and grappling that have often been lost in karate programs. Detail-oriented and based in "real-world" conflict, this art is designed to teach the body mechanics and mental strategies needed to navigate our modern world.
The style of karate I teach - Shinpi Karasu-ryu - is heavily influenced by my experience in jujutsu and aikido. We are a traditional dojo, which means that we study and adapt ourselves to techniques that were originally designed for fighting and warfare.
We accepts students 14-years-old and up into the karate program.
Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu: Japanese sword
Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu: sword staff
We accept students 14-years-old and up into the sword and jo programs.
For $100/month, you can train in either or both of these styles, as well as the karate program.
If you have questions about the opportunities available to you in our program, send us a message using the form above. We will get back to you as soon as possible.
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