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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

These classes are separate and open to the general public, and are not limited to students of the Kenshukai Dojo.


"Way of the brush"

Have you ever wanted to learn to brush Oriental Calligraphy without having to learn how to read it?

It is not necessary to be able to read kanji to reproduce it. There are certain strokes and methods of executing them that must be followed in order for them to be correct though.

The classes that are offered will set you on the right track for accurate and correct reproduction of this beautiful calligraphy form.

Aside from the visual beauty this style of calligraphy offers, many beneficial attributes from it's study can be gained. These include;

·       Better Posture

·       Better Breath Control

·       Relaxation Techniques

·       Acute Concentration

Tony K. Skeen is certified and licensed through :


(Japanese Calligraphy Educational Foundation).

 The student can rest assured that the instruction they are receiving is both correct and accurate.

Materials and supplies are available (through the instructor) from


These are of the highest quality and most affordable prices available.

(The NIHON SHUJI KYOIKU ZAIDAN is a non-profit organization)


“silver” award won by T. Skeen in an annual calligraphy contest.

General outline of Beginner's Course

In the beginner's course the student will learn;

·       Basic History of Oriental Calligraphy

·       28 Strokes that are necessary for writing

·       Care and Cleaning of the Brush and Utensils

·       Proper Arrangement and Form for Kanji

·       Use of “The New Nelson's Japanese-English Character Dictionary”

The student will also be shown the "katakana" phonic system which the Japanese use for writing foreign words (such as foreign names).

“bronze” award won by T. Skeen in an annual calligraphy contest.


(Required) Introduction class = $30.00 / 2hr.

The “introduction” class introduces the student to the curriculum.

This is a necessary class prior to beginning the study of Shodo

(allowing regular class time to be spent on technique and instruction).

 This class introduces and demonstrates the following:

Proper brush care/cleaning/storage.

(including “breaking-in” and cleaning a new brush)

Proper way to hold and use the brush.

Proper care/use/storage of the various tools/accessories.

(these items can be acquired through the instructor or by the student locally)

The various practice/warm up strokes.

Use of “The New Nelson's Japanese-English Character Dictionary”

(this text should be purchased by the student through their local book seller. Though not necessary, it is an invaluable aid to any shodoka of Japanese calligraphy. This text is used extensively as a reference source.)

Various Recommended reference books.

These are available through the student's local book seller. (Choices are by the student's discretion).

Brief history and examples of the various styles of Japanese calligraphy.


(Standard) Shodo class = $12.00 / 1hr.

(Common class syllabus, subject to modification as the student requires)

(Prior to class*) Time allowed for “warm-up” exercises.

 *(this time period does not apply towards the “class” hour period as it varies per/student vs. time studying)

1st  = Review of previous class assignments.

2nd  = New strokes

These will be new strokes shown to the student to practice/learn for that week's assignment. These will be practiced “in class”.

 (so the instructor can review/correct the student's technique)

 (once all the 28 basic strokes have been shown, the student will then begin working on the Katakana characters)

 3rd= Practice kanji

These are kanji which utilize that week's “new strokes”

(also, practiced during class for review by instructor)

You will probably note, that there is NO “set” amount of classes. I teach as much as the student feels comfortable with at a session. If I feel the student is exceeding their capacity to learn, I will reduce the amount shown, and conversely , if they demonstrate the ability to learn more per class, I will assign more (which is common as the student progresses). The syllabus I originally taught was based on an 8 week curriculum, 1 night a week (this proved to be an extremely intense schedule for many).

T. Skeen  (personal name seal)

Kenshukai Ryu-te “Dojo” seal

seals produced by T. Skeen

 Intermediate Class

$12.00 / 1hr

The intermediate student will begin to work on the Gyosho style of Japanese calligraphy and start copying "scroll" assignments (using “kaisho & gyosho).

This class will also cover Hiragana, which is the Japanese phonic system which is used for "domestic" Japanese words.

Name Seals, their determination, creation, and use /placement will be covered more fully in this class.

The student will also be encouraged to join (though not required)


(Japanese Calligraphy Educational Foundation).

Through this non-profit organization the student can acquire certification and more advanced tutelage. 



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