This school teaches the curriculum of Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu, a style created by the Japanese Army. The Zen Nihon Batto Do Renmei and its US counterpart, the US Batto Do Federation, curriculum is also taught here. Sang Sensei humbly invites anyone to come and watch their training sessions or even come and try a class! He especially invites practitioners of all styles and disciplines to come. “We are not closed-minded here – our way is not the only way and we welcome others so we may share and learn from each other. And most of all, enjoy training together!”
Head Instructor Sang Kim
Hello, my name is Sang Kim. My teachers are Bob Elder sensei (6th dan kyoshi) and Hataya Mitsuo sensei (9th dan Kaicho of the Zen Nihon Batto Do renmei). I was first introduced to sword when I was about 12 through kendo. In high school during a visit to the local martial arts store, I met Bob Elder. He asked me to come and watch class and since then, my interest has been Toyama Ryu. I’ve been practicing Toyama Ryu and Battodo since 2000.
Although I am quite young for my rank, you can ask anyone who knows me and trained with me how hard I have practiced and still practice today. I was fortunate for the experiences and opportunities that were given to me because of Elder Sensei, Hataya sensei, my sempais, and the honbu dojo.
Many martial arts schools say that you can become a better person by doing their style. The people I have had the opportunities to meet have had a huge impact on who I’ve become. Toyama Ryu has become a big part of my life and who I am and I can say that I carry that proudly.