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    When I was a student at UK years ago I took a few classes in Kiyojute Ryu Kempo. This is a style of Kempo developed by William Durbin (the author of Mastering Kempo, and other works). The style was pretty comprehensive from what I remember, and broken into several sections such as Aikho (yielding skills), Juho (soft skills like throws and grappling), Goho (Hard striking skills), et cetera.

    It has been a decade or more since I worked with anyone who trains in this style, and it seems that there aren't many schools that teach it.

    Does anyone here study this style, and if so, what are your impressions of it?

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    Default Re: Kiyojute Ryu Kempo

    UK as in Britain or UK as in University of (insert "K" state here)?

    What is Mr. Durbin's background and what is the history of the style?

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    Default Re: Kiyojute Ryu Kempo

    UK as in University of Kentucky. William Durbin's bio is available on Wikipedia (not the most reliable source always I know) at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Durbin. It seems his main teacher is Rod Sacharnoski, who leads the Juko Kai and according to his homepage teaches twelve different, if inter-related, arts. Since I have never studied or met either Mr. Sacharnoski or Mr. Durbin I can't comment on their teaching or style.

    One thing about Mr. Durbin I can comment on however is that he seems to be a martial arts researcher when it comes to kempo history. Whether or not one agrees with his conclusions is a personal matter, but he has 72 articles available for reading on his webpage kiyojuteryu.org that have appeared in magazines such as Black Belt.

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