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Koryu is a Japanese word that translates literally as old school or old tradition. It is used to refer to schools of martial arts that predate the Meiji restoration, a political event that precipitated Japan's modernisation. While arts post dating this event (gendai budo such a judo, iaido or aikido) are valued either as sports or for self improvement, the koryu are the teachings of a feudal military culture.

For more information see this external link (http://www.koryu.com).

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