This should have been one of the first threads on this forum. Unfortunately my schedule combined with computer problems at present doesn't really allow for such luxuries. Koryu are classical schools of Japanese martial arts that were developed prior to the Meiji restoration of 1868. Depending on the ryuha (particular school), the systems either specialized on one particular facet of a bujutsu discipline (e.g. iaido/iaijutsu or kenjutsu or jujutsu) or was a comprehensive school, teaching weaponry, unarmed combat and strategy. It is very important to note that there are no absolutes in koryu. Each school is individual in history, theory, technique and strategy. Thus, no over generalizations can be made. This is a vast and very interesting subject area. The koryu have had a major influence on modern budo and we hope that this new section will be of interest to not only the members of MAP who practice a koryu but also those who practice the more modern forms of budo such as aikido, judo, kendo, iaido, etc. Please feel free to ask any number of academic questions. Some may be answered, others may not for the simple fact that either such facts aren't for public consumption or we just simply do not know. Trolling will not be tolerated in any way, shape or form on this section of the forum. Respect.