Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

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Comment by rawnshah on April 1, 2009 at 2:41pm
Thanks. The kiriage certainly worked no doubt but it wasn't what I wanted. Shihan warned just before I started that the yokonarabi stand configuration would likely interrupt the cut, but it was too late; I'd already started.

The footwork and turning the body to end up in the right position is a significant part to this. I've been making them practice these sequences on air, but I've yet to pull it off as a tsubame.
Comment by Al Kilgore on March 31, 2009 at 2:38pm
I think this is an excellent shot!, good cut too! It is interesting to see the grip and the footwork!
I know you wanted it to be lower, but there is a lot going on here, I think it was pretty cool.
Comment by rawnshah on March 24, 2009 at 9:39am
whoops where did it go.... :)

This was a tsubame, with RtoL kiriage, spin 180, RtoL kesa.

Several mistakes here:

*I cut the kiriage way too high for this tsubame.
* Only after executing the kiriage and turning around did I realize that I couldn't cut the kesa I wanted.

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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