October 5, 2016
Added link to newspaper article about Sensei Appleby on his memorial page.
September 21, 2016
Ricky Purdy, a long time Taiho-Ryu Black Belt from Dewitt, Arkansas passed away Monday, September 19th, 2016 after a long and valiant battle with Parkinsons Disease. Mr. Purdy trained primarily in Stuttart, Arkansas under the direction of Sensei Doyle Rowland, Sensei Burmick Appleby, and Sensei Garland Derden. He was a member of the highly respected “Stuttgart Samurai”, which had a reputation for winning numerous regional and national titles during the 1970’s, 80’s and 90’s. He will be greatly missed and his entire Taiho-Ryu family send our thoughts and prayers to his family.
Translated into English, it means the "art of arresting".
Taiho-Ryu is an American-based martial arts system developed by Fleming (Bo)
Hardy, 9th degree black belt, in the early 1970's.
Elements from many martial arts systems, including jujitsu, Isshin-Ryu, Shotokan, and Taekwondo have influenced the development of Taiho-Ryu. Drawing heavily from Taiho-Jutsu, a jujitsu style used by the Japanese police forces, the system blends these elements into an effective style of self defense, with the emphasis on practicality, rather than sport.
Although apparent goals may be to improve and develop martial arts abilities, the intrinsic goal in Taiho-Ryu is actually one of personal development on an individual basis.