I dedicate this website to my wife Naoko, and our three amazing children;
Shinjyu, Gojyu, and Lunjyu.
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.
New Dojo now open:
Training on Saturday mornings from 11-12pm.
(other dates and times will be added as student numbers increase)
6 McIntyre Way,
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 Melbourne, Australia
Western Australia branch Dojo (check Dojo/Training details page)
Any interested parties in other Australian states, or in New Zealand, please contact Paul Sensei.
“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
Araki-Metcalfe Paul Sensei is fully licensed by the Victorian Police Chief Commissioner in regards to the rights, use, instruction, and ownership of prohibited weapons.
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.