List of koryū schools of martial arts

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This is an incomplete list of koryū (lit. "traditional schools", or "old schools"). Koryū are schools of martial arts that originated in Japan, and were founded prior to 1876, when the act prohibiting the wearing of swords (Haitōrei) came into effect after the Meiji Restoration.[1]

Alphabetical listing[edit]

Comprehensive systems[edit]

Grappling/close-quarters ryu (armoured, unarmoured)[edit]

Sword-drawing ryu (Batto, iai, etc.)[edit]

Sword-fighting ryu (kenjutsu, tojutsu)[edit]

Spear/polearm-fighting ryu (sojutsu, naginatajutsu)[edit]

Stick/Staff ryu (jo, bo)[edit]

Various weaponry[edit]


  1. ^ Skoss, Diane (2006-05-09). "A Koryu Primer". Koryu Books. Retrieved 2007-01-01.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Skoss, Diane (1997). Koryu Bujutsu Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan Vol.1. Koryu Books. p. 63. ISBN 1-890536-04-0.
  3. ^ Friday, Karl F.; Seki, Humitake (1997). Legacies of the Sword: The Kashima-Shinryu and Samurai Martial Culture. University of Hawaii Press. ISBN 978-0824818791.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Skoss, Diane (1997). Sword & Spirit Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan Vol.2. Koryu Books. p. 70. ISBN 1-890536-05-9.
  5. ^ Watatani Kiyoshi, Yamada Tadashi (1969). Bugei Ryuha Daijiten (武芸流派大事典) (Large Encyclopedia of Martial Arts) (in Japanese). Shin Jinbutsu Ourai Sha (人物往来社).