Sometimes I think you have to be a special kind of lucky to experience all the things that I get the chance to experience and it really makes my head shake in disbelief. That said, it is of course also not all just luck, but would be impossible if it wasn’t for all the supportive people that are helping along the way and so the feeling of luck is paired with much gratitude. This time round, my trip to Melbourne gave me much occasion for such headshaking and gratitude, as I have spent an extremely impression intensive 1.5 weeks there. Following my time at the SSBD Seminar with Maul Mornie, I spent two days listening, talking and sharing two conference days with an amazing group of critical autoethnographers that has been truly inspiring and hopefully the final kick to finish my PhD, so that is not what I will be writing about here.
|Liam Keeley Sensei, Koryu Kenkyukai |
In between the seminar and the conference, as well as after, I was fortunate enough to meet, observe and participate in a range of classes taught by Liam Keeley Sensei at the Koryu Kenkyukai Melbourne Australia. Liam Keeley is an extremely accomplished, skilled and knowledgeable martial artist and teacher, and rather than reiterating his extensive bio here, I will provide a few links and leave it up to you to click your way through the web, search and enjoy the searching and reading if you are so inclined.
At his Melbourne school, Liam teaches two Koryu styles – Tatsumi Ryu and Toda ha Buko Ryu, holding teaching licenses in both (and in fact being one of a very small and select number of Shihan in the latter), as well as Chen Tai Chi. Outside of that, he also has an extensive background in Goju Ryu Karate and many other arts and is a Board Member of the International Hoplology Society that was founded by no other than Donn F. Draeger. He has lived and trained in Japan for 23 years and travelled the world researching the martial arts both with and without Draeger, before moving to Australia 14 years ago, where he now lives and teaches. ...