Finger Lakes Koryu Kai

Classical Japanese Samurai Combative Arts in Ithaca, New York

Finger Lakes Koryu-kai provides the Ithaca, New York area with its only fully authorized instruction and training in koryu bujutsu - the traditional weapons-based fighting arts of the Japanese samurai.

The members of our small group study one of two historically important classical Japanese combat systems. These koryu bujutsu are the Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto Ryu and Shinto Muso Ryu Jo.

All classes are held under the direction of Larry E. Bieri, a senior member of both traditions with 40 years' experience in Japanese weapons arts. Mr. Bieri began his study of these and other martial ryuha (traditions) during a 16-year stay in Japan that began in 1971.