I dedicate this website to my wife, Naoko Araki-Metcalfe, and our three amazing children;  Shinjyu Araki-Metcalfe, Gojyu Araki-Metcalfe, and Lunjyu Araki-Metcalfe.  

For without their love, understanding and full support behind me, I would not be able to find the time to pass on the knowledge that I have acquired to others.  My deepest gratitude and undying devotion goes out to them for allowing me to do so.

Paul Araki-Metcalfe

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Training on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7-8:30pm.  

Also training on Saturday mornings from 11:30-1pm.

(other dates and times will be added as student numbers increase)


Perth WA 6165


You are listening to “Kuroda Bushi”

A shakuhachi ( Japanese flute ) composition composed exclusively for Lord Kuroda.

Shakuhachi played by Yoshinobu Taniguchi Sensei.




Kuroda Han Den Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu Heiho Aratsu-Kai

( Australian Branch )

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International Hombu Dojo based in Perth,Western  Australia.

“ShadowSword” is a fully registered and protected trademark, and is the sole property of Araki-Metcalfe Paul Sensei.

“ShadowSword” cannot be used in any way, shape, or form, without Araki-Metcalfe Paul Sensei’s express permission and written consent.

Trading under the business name ShadowSword

ABN:  93 670 882 214

Featured in Blitz Australasian Martial Arts Magazine October and December 2011

Araki-Metcalfe Paul Shihan is the only international representative officially licensed, and granted official permission to teach Kuroda Han, Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu, Heiho, Aratsu-kai outside of Japan.

This is a traditional sword style which has a well documented, distinguished, and honorable history dating back well over 600 years.

Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu was chosen by the last 3 Shoguns (warlords) of Japan, as the

number 1 sword style.  

Many years of studying Aikido ( http://www.aikidoka.co/ ) in New Zealand, Australia, and also nine years living in Japan with my family, has contributed greatly to my deeper understanding of the Japanese sword.  

Subsequently, the Japanese sword has contributed immensely to my Aikido Evolution.  

Above is the Mon (family crest) of Lord Kuroda, Lord of Fukuoka in Kyushu, Japan.  Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu sword-masters were sent to Lord Kuroda as advisors and bodyguards, to prepare his castle and train his troops for battle.  

We proudly perform demonstrations under Lord Kuroda’s official Mon.


A wooden statue ( above ) of

Yagyu Munenori (1571-1649)

The man accredited with the perfection in the techniques and philosophies of the renowned Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu sword school sits at Hotokuji Temple, Yagyu, Nara.