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An Oyata Te School
11001 S. Jackson Ave.
Kansas City , Missouri 64137-2040
Instructors: Tony Skeen, Lee Richards

Assistant Instructors: Bob Koenig, Becky Dreisewerd
Dai Senpai: Barry Keys


Tony K. Skeen

Tony has over 30 years of Defensive Tactics experience. His initial yudansha ranking was in Shito-Ryu. After teaching that system for 3 year he began his study of Ryukyu Kempo with Taika Seiyu Oyata which he then attained yudansha ranking in. After approximately 12 years of study within that system, Taika changed the name and curriculum of the system to RyuTe® Ren Mei. He has been teaching/studying this system continually throughout all those modification over the past 30 years.

Over the years Tony has previously participated in the study of numerous other systems of self-protection and martial pursuits. These included Tai Kwan Do, Aikido, Shodokan and Goju Ryu karate, along with Wing Chun, Hapkido, Judo, Iaido as well as (American) Western wrestling. Though having had conversations (in person) with individuals of other pursuits, those listed are the one's he has had the most "hands-on" experience with.

In addition to those studies, Tony has also actively pursued a practice of Japanese Brush Calligraphy (Shodo). He holds an instructor's license (Menkyo) in that endeavor as well, and offers instruction in its practice.

Relating to these studies, Tony has been actively affiliated with the instruction of Law Enforcement/Security Officer Training. That instruction has included Unarmed Defensive Tactics/Techniques, Prisoner Compliance Procedures, Handcuffing and Escort Techniques & Procedures, Straight Nightstick Defensive Tactics and Escort Techniques & Procedures, Straight Nightstick Defensive Tactics and Application Techniques, Handgun Retention Techniques (Holstered and Drawn), Side-Handle Baton Application/Retention Tactics, as well as Expandable Baton Application/Retention Tactics.

Tony's instructional experience has covered both private and public, group and individual instruction of department/corporate and private students/officer's over a 30 year period. He is a CPD/First-Aid/AED certified. He was a licensed Gunsmith for 10 years and have a functional working knowledge of firearm maintenance. He has worked for both private and corporate security and prior to his retirement, worked 16 years as a union electrician, the majority of which in a foreman/supervision capacity.


Lee Richards

Lee Richards

Lee E. Richards got his thirst for the Life Protection Arts back in grade school in the 70's when he saw a Karate banner hanging in front of the local Y.M.C.A. He begged for the chance to train, but his Mother felt it was too dangerous and enrolled him in baseball instead. He didn't quite give up and checked out every single book related to the arts he could find at his local elementary school. Much later he was able to get a friend in high school to give him a basic introduction to Bushidokan, without his family's knowledge. In the late '80s, he was working in retail security and was tasked to put together a regional seminar on handcuffing. A referral led him to Shihan Michael Waddell who was then a student of Taika Seiyu Oyata, running a Ryukyu Kempo Dojo in Gladstone, Missouri with Tony K. Skeen. Shihan Waddell was also a police officer and handled much of the defensive tactics training for the North East area of Greater Kansas City. Lee was so impressed with the tactics of this seminar that he joined Ryukyu Kempo which later evolved into RyuTe® Ren Mei.

In 1992, Lee joined the Kansas City Missouri Police Department where he continues to work at the time of this publication. Here he learned many other Defensive Tactics systems as well as gained a certain 'perspective' that shows in this books in relation to Tuite. He is an Advanced Trainer in the National Law Enforcement Training Center and has been involved with that organization since 2000. He additionally received certifications in the Rapid Rotation Baton and Monadnock® Baton Systems. Training in the Law Enforcement circles has given him exposure to many other training partners and styles, such as Judo and Jiu Jitsu, which combined have greatly influenced the way he teaches.

After attaining Ikyu in RyuTe® Ren Mei, he was blessed when asked by Taika to start training at RyuTe® Headquarters. Upon the retirement of Shihan Waddell in 1997, Lee and Tony opened their own dojo in South Kansas City, Missouri, under the name of Kenshūkai, which means "Research and Training Club". On August 31, 2010, Taika honored Lee by renaming the school RyuShinKan. Ryu is short for Ryukyu, as in "the Ryukyu Kingdom" and the first character of Taika's art, RyuTe® Ren Mei. Shin is heart or soul. Kan is simply school. So Taika gave the school a name he said meant, "The Soul of RyuKyu". This was a great and unexpected honor. Lee continued training with Taika until his death in 2012, and now attempts to carry on the traditions he was given.


Sgt Richards


The Dojo is in the Basement of a Police Sergeant for the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department. Some people might seem uneasy at first going to a residence to train of someone they do not know, however the owner of the residence is a trusted member of the community. If you need further reference for trust you can contact the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department to gain further references. Having the dojo in a residence significantly reduces the cost to you, the end user. We are not required to charge exorbinant fees or lock you into a contract..

Police Sergeant - Kansas City Missouri Police Department


Lisa Ohmes

Lisa Ohmes
Guest Instructor

Lisa began training in RyuTe® Ren Mei in 1996 and attained her yudansha in 2001. She trained closely with Taika Oyata at his headquarters dojo and began training at Ryushinkan Kenshūkai around 2002. She specializes in three kobudo (weapons) and helps out teaching advanced technques in these (Jo, Tonfa and Chizikunbo). She inherited two special weapons kata directly from Taika over the course of six years that nobody else in the association have seen.



Bob Koenig
Student Instructor

Bob became a student in 2008 and attained his yudansha ranking in 2016.



Becky Dreisewerd
Student Instructor

Becky became a student in 2009 and attained her yudansha ranking in 2016. Becky got her start by attending a Self-Defense course at U.M.K.C. and meeting instructor Lee Richards who was co-teaching at the time. She took him up on the offer for a month free lessons and never looked back.

Barry Keys

Barry Keys
Dai Senpai - Senior Student

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