Recommended Reading

Information on Tatsumi-ryu Hyoho

Bexis, Dennis. ‘Budo in the ‘Burbs: Liam Keeley, student of the Koryu martial arts,’ Blitz 21 (2007): 58-62.
Buyens, Guy. ‘Nihon Kobudo Kyokai 30th Anniversary: Part 1‘,
Hall, David A. ‘Tatsumi-ryū’ in Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts (New York: Kodansha USA, 2012), p. 497.
Keeley, Liam. ‘Tatsumi-ryu: A Presentation by Kato Takashi Sensei, 21st Headmaster,’ The JMAS Newsletter, Volume 6, Number 2 (September, 1988).
Keeley, Liam. ‘Kato Takashi: Reflections of the Tatsumi-ryu Headmaster’ in Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan.
Keeley, Liam. ‘The Tojutsu of the Tatsumi-ryu, Murphy’s Law, and the K.I.S.S. Principle’ in Sword and Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Volume 2.
Keeley, Liam. ‘Cross-Training – Classical Chinese and Japanese Systems.’ International Hoplology Society.
Skoss, Meik and Dianne Skoss. ‘Field Guide to the Classical Japanese Martial Arts’ in Sword and Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Volume 2.

Books and Articles on Koryu

Amdur, Ellis. Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions, Expanded Edition. Wheaton, IL: Freelance Academy Press, 2014.
Bennett, Alexander, ed. Budo Perspectives. Auckland: Kendo World Publications, 2005.
Bennett, Alexander, ed. and trans. Budō: The Martial Ways of Japan. Tokyo: Nippon Budokan Foundation, 2011.
Bennett, Alexander C. Kendo: Culture of the Sword. Oakland: University of California Press, 2015.
DeProspero, Dan and Jackie DePropero. Illuminated Spirit: Conversations with a Kyudo Master. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1996.
Draeger, Donn F. Classical Bujutsu: The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Volume One. New York: Weatherhill, 1973.
Draeger, Donn F. Classical Budo: The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Volume Two. New York: Weatherhill, 1973.
Draeger, Donn F. Modern Bujutsu and Budo: The Martial Arts and Ways of Japan, Volume Three. New York: Weatherhill, 1974.
Friday, Karl F. with Seki Humitake. Legacies of the Sword: The Kasima-Shinryū and Samurai Martial Culture. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 1997.
Hall, David A. Encyclopedia of Japanese Martial Arts. New York: Kodansha USA, 2012.
Hurst, G. Cameron III. Armed Martial Arts of Japan: Swordsmanship and Archery. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1998.
Lowry, Dave. Traditions: Essays on the Japanese Martial Arts and Ways. Boston: Tuttle Publishing, 2002.
Lowry, Dave. In the Dojo: The Rituals and Etiquette of the Japanese Martial Arts. Boston: Shambhala Publications, 2006.
Lowry, Dave. ‘So you want to join the ryu?‘,
Ōtake, Risuke. Katori Shintō-ryū: Warrior Tradition. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Koryu Books, 2007.
Skoss, Diane, ed. Koryu Bujutsu: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Koryu Books, 1997.
Skoss, Diane, ed. Sword and Spirit: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Volume 2. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Koryu Books, 1999.
Skoss, Diane, ed. Keiko Shokon: Classical Warrior Traditions of Japan, Volume 3. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Koryu Books, 2002.
Warner, Gordon and Donn F. Draeger. Japanese Swordsmanship: Technique and Practice. Tokyo: Weatherhill, 1982.

Websites – Perhaps the best English-language resource for koryu.
The Classic Budoka – Musings by Wayne Muromoto on classical Japanese martial arts, or budo.
International Hoplology Society – Dedicated to the study of the evolution and development of human combative behavior

Related Readings

Adolphson, Mikael S. The Teeth and Claws of the Buddha: Monastic Warriors and Sōhei in Japanese History. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007.
Amdur, Ellis. Hidden in Plain Sight: Tracing the Roots of Ueshiba Morihei’s Power. Edgework: Crisis Intervention Resources, 2009.
Amdur, Ellis. Duelling with O-sensei: Grappling with the Myth of the Warrior Sage – Revised and Expanded Edition. Freelance Academy Press, 2016.
Amdur, Ellis. Q&A with Ellis Amdur.
Anshin, Anatoliy. The Truth of the Ancient Ways: A Critical Biography of the Swordsman Yamaoka Tesshu. New York: Kodenkan Institute, 2012.
Bennett, Alexander. Naginata: History and Practice. Chiba, Japan: Bukansha International, 2016.
Fettes, Bill. At the Feet of the Masters: Martial Arts Mentors and Apprentices in East Asia. Budokai Australia, 2015.
Friday, Karl. Hired Swords: The Rise of Private Warrior Power in Japan. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 1992.
Friday, Karl. The First Samurai: The Life and Legend of the Warrior Rebel Taira Masakado. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2008.
Gainty, Denis. Martial Arts and the Body Politic in Meiji Japan. London: Routledge, 2013.
Grossman, Dave. On Killing. New York: Back Bay Books, 1995.
Kapp, Leon, Hiroko Kapp and Yoshindo Yoshihara. The Art of the Japanese Sword: The Craft of Swordmaking and its Appreciation. Singapore: Tuttle Publishing, 2012.
Miller, Rory. Meditations on Violence: A Comparison of Martial Arts Training and Real World Violence. Wolfeboro, NH: YMAA Publication Center, 2008.
Miracle, Jared. Now with Kung Fu Grip! How Bodybuilders, Soldiers and a Hairdresser Reinvented Martial Arts for America. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2016.
Nagayama, Kokan. The Connoisseur’s Book of Japanese Swords. Kenji Mishina (trans.). Tokyo: Kodansha Internatioanl, 1997.
Norman, F. J. The Fighting Man of Japan: The Training and Exercises of the Samurai. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2006.
Saga, Junichi. Memories of Silk and Straw: A Self-Portrait of Small-Town Japan. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1987.
Satō, Kanzan. The Japanese Sword: A Comprehensive Guide. Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1983.
Vlastos, Stephen. Mirror of Modernity: Invented Traditions of Modern Japan. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1998.
Yanagi, Sōetsu. The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty. New York: Kodansha USA, 1972.