Shihan Paul Araki-Metcalfe

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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Paul Araki-Metcalfe


 The only international representative officially licensed, and granted official permission to teach Kuroda Han, Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu, Heiho, Aratsu-kai outside of Japan.

Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu 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.