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Who's behind the door that does not exist?

Updated: Aug 6

Our teaching system goes beyond the idea that knowledge can only be imparted inside a physical enclosure, but the concept of "Mumon Ryu", school without doors, transcends this literal meaning and focuses on the barriers that an individual may have generating thousands of doors that they cannot cross, understand or overcome, Among them the paradigm that only the Japanese can play a shakuhachi or make the best judo locks, that a diploma or a trip to Japan makes you authentic Japanese, among others that only border on ignorance of a globalized world and knowledge applied with intelligence to advance, investigate, create and dare to innovate.


In Colombia we have capable, intelligent and very well educated individuals in competent professions. We have one of the best coffee in the world and an immense variety of bamboo suitable for the construction industry and therefore for the production of strong and resonant flutes. We are a nurturing, varied, world-understanding culture blessed by the soil and nature.


We share the summarized biography of the person behind our teaching community, and part of his life journey in photos and videos, especially his credentials and diplomas that accredit him, for the curious, paper lovers, titles and those who really want to know the trajectory of the master responsible for our teaching and system.


We share the summarized biography of the person behind our teaching community, and some of his life journey in photos and videos, especially his credentials and diplomas that accredit him, for the curious, lovers of paper, titles and those who really want to know the background of the master responsible for our teaching and system.

Zapata sensei during a sakuhachi concert at Nuseo Nacional de Colombia
Ricardo Zapata Shidoshi. Founder of Mumon Ryu.

Mumon Ryu translates "school with no door", and is a method that is characterized by encouraging its students to find their own way and self-demand thru a dedicated study. The name came from a spiritual experience and was coined by Zapata sensei to define his own method that promises to train students with a strong emphasis on their self-knowledge, wisdom and awarness through the blowing zen. Mumon Ryu is the student lineage of Zapata sensei.


Remember that there is only one key to open

the door that does not exist.


Zapata sensei is  a recognized martial arts master and certified by two japanese organizations. Professional musician, Rock star, composer, player and luthier of Japanese flutes, singer, guitarrist, professional graphic artist and education specialist.

Master Zapata developed his own method to achieve mastering on suizen discipline and the shakuhachi domain. He gained mastery by himself thru meditation and hard dedicated self formed confined some years in his own Home Dojo Studio and practicing into the forests and wild natural places defying the wind with his own flute he made with a piece of bamboo.




The study program includes its own sonatas composed by Zapata sensei, as well as an open repertoire of honkyoku and folk music selected and typical of the history of shakuhachi, which will allow the student to undesrtand the instrument and master it.

There are 4 levels of study sectioned in 3 study cycles each, full of new knowledge and challenges to overcome in order to achieve mastery. Excellent teaching methodology through HD videos and audios synchronized with music scores, instruction manual and much more.

Zapata Sensei has everything well disposed, from his own learning experience he has managed to build a method of easy learning so that everyone can progress at his pace from home. Its method includes constant advice and feedback, so there are online meeting spaces with students to guide and advise them in their study process at each level.

Try this method now and get to know some of our students' experiences.



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