Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Ryuseiken Battodo is a swordfighting martial arts style that teaches kata, sparring and culminates in test-cutting (tameshigiri) of targets with real swords.


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About Ryuseiken Battodo

Battodo is the Japanese art of the drawn sword, and focuses on principles of swordfighting in the battlefield. We practice a combination of katas (fighting forms), sparring with padded swords, and test-cutting real targets with swords.

Perhaps unlike other styles that focus on more complex katas or one-on-one fight situations, we focus on developing proficiency on simpler but rapidly effective techniques. Since this is for the field, the sword is usually already drawn out of the scabbard (unlike iai). The tameshigiri or target-cutting skills also emphasize full swings and attacks to get the feel of cutting completely through the target rather than slicing, hacking or bashing the target.

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We're getting a lot of spam signups so I changed things a little.

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The fencer who did the Darth Vader swordfights in Star Wars dies at 89

This is sad news that you probably never knew about before. Bob Andersen was the British Olympic contender in 1952 for fencing and either instructed or did the stunts in the first few Star Wars movies, and the Lord of the Rings. 

NPR article on Bob Andersen

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Posted by rawnshah on January 3, 2012 at 11:55am

Learn more about the parts of the sword -- NCJSC site

I came across the Northern Carlifornia Japanese Sword club (token kai) formed by the renown author of The Samurai Sword -- A Handbook, Jon Yumoto. I noticed in particular how detailed their Visual Glossary is. This is a great resource if you want to know more about the different aspects of the sword, its, manufacture, the different types of design of both the blade and the mountings. 


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Posted by rawnshah on October 25, 2011 at 10:05am

Apologies on being away

I've been awfully busy for quite some time, and I will try to keep adding content more regularly. Apologies to the folks who were interested in becoming members as well. I get so many spam members its hard to tell sometimes, which is why I put in the approval process.


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Web sites & Resources

Matsuri: A Festival of Japan (2008) - Phoenix, AZ, Feb 23-28, Heritage Square

Battodo Ryuseiken in Japan. Also a partial site in english.

The Kodenkan of Tucson

The UofA Ryuseiken Battodo on the ASUA site

Tameshigiri.com - where we get goza. The ordering and shipping process are given.

Hanwei/Paul Chen swords

The Knighthawk Armoury builds some interesting realistic looking goshinken. They're expensive but they claim to be pretty durable (not yet tested by us).

Folding a Hakama the proper way

Woodall's Custom Workshop makes nice cutting stands for tameshigiri.

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