In Sensei Al Kilgore's dojo, he serves his students as a mere guide along a path, one that he has been actively on for the past 27 years.
The focus of the training is on applied Kenjutsu. With his base style of Shinkage Ryu, Sensei Kilgore brings the student along a vibrant, living path of spirited training and introspective understanding of what it means to be a swordsman in this age.
Volume 1: Introduction to Practical Kenjutsu Theory Sensei Kilgore introduces concepts and methods of applied Kenjutsu. Key concepts are presented in a clear, style independent manner that any student of the Japanese Sword Arts can grasp.
Volume 2: Basic Principles of Blocking and Distance
Sensei Kilgore explains techniques needed to build an overall approach to the practice of Kenjutsu. Simple drills and entry theory are explained in common terms as well as a further exploration of some key passages from the great works on swordsmanship.
Volume 3: Breathing Life Into the Art of Kenjutsu
Sensei Kilgore shows the dynamic practice of cutting using Kenjutsu methodology, then follow with theory and demonstration with the traditional tool of Samurai training, the bokken. The concepts and techniques shown in the first two volumes come together in this volume to reveal the practice and process of sparring with bokken.