The Melbourne Koryu Kenkyukai, led by Liam Keeley Sensei, teaches two classical Japanese martial arts, Tatsumi ryu Hyoho and Toda-ha Buko ryu, along with Chen Style Tai Chi. It is also the home of a Shindo Muso ryu study group.
Tatsumi ryu is a sogo bujutsu based in Sakura City in Chiba, Japan. It is currently led by Kato Hiroshi Sensei, the 22nd Soke. Founded in the early part of the 16th century, Tatsumi ryu teaches the use of the sword along with many other weapons including the spear, naginata, long staff, and short staff.
Toda-ha Buko ryu
Toda-ha Buko ryu (originally known as Toda-ryu) was founded in the middle of the 16th century by Toda Seigen and Toda Kagemasa. Toda-ha Buko ryu focuses mainly on the naginata and teaches the use of this weapon against the naginata, sword, spear and kusarigama. It is one of the very few remaining schools that teach the use of the kagitsuki naginata, which has a cross-bar mounted into the shaft.
Chen Style Tai Chi
Chen style tai chi combines the slow controlled movements typical of Tai Chi together with fast explosive movements. It is based on a very profound understanding of human body movement and is a great gift to the world from Chinese culture.
Shindo Muso ryu
Shindo Muso ryu is devoted to the study of the Jo, a short staff approximately 4 feet long. It was founded in the 17th century and, in addition to the jo, includes the study of a wide variety of other weapons.