Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Andrew Dicenso
  • 27, Male
  • Tucson
  • United States

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dave lorrez commented on Andrew Dicenso's blog post Custom Bokuto
"A friend of mine is getting his stuff over here : http://www.koryubokken.com/shop/ Just not sure where they're located."
Aug 7, 2010
Andrew Dicenso commented on Andrew Dicenso's blog post Custom Bokuto
"Interesting. I'll have to look into that in the future, if there was someone who could actually make custom bokuto in Tucson it would definitely cut down on shipping and such, not to mention contact with the maker would be easier. As for now…"
Jan 28, 2010
rawnshah commented on Andrew Dicenso's blog post Custom Bokuto
"Richard in the KDK class mentioned that someone in Oracle will actually make a custom one for you exactly as you want it. I've seen his custom one and it was quite decent. Don't know who the person is though. Ask sensei Monica or Bianca to…"
Jan 27, 2010
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Custom Bokuto

Recently I've been looking to replace my white oak bokuto with saya that I normally use. While white or red oak are both good woods to make bokuto out of they eventually wear down and start to splinter and crack. I went on an internet quest to find online bokuto sellers that would give more of a choice in customization of length, style and wood composition of the sword. My search has yielded two pretty cool new sites that offer a wide variety of choices, or at least much more than we are used…See More
Jan 26, 2010
Andrew Dicenso commented on rawnshah's blog post Taisabaki 3 & 4 : hmmm?
"Hmm. I've never really noticed something like that on #4. Do you think those inches might be offset by an attacker advancing? If I recall usually a mako or tsuki is done by your partner when you're working in pairs, which would seem to…"
Dec 8, 2009
Andrew Dicenso and Thomas Foss are now friends
Nov 25, 2009
Andrew Dicenso commented on rawnshah's blog post Next cutting day: Sat 10/24
"Is there anything in the testing guidelines that prohibits me from combining two combinations? I was thinking of doing a nukitsuke kesa and then following immediately with the inazuma giri."
Oct 15, 2009
Andrew Dicenso commented on rawnshah's blog post Next cutting day: Sat 10/24
"Hi Sensei. I can pay you for the goza you ordered me at that date (assuming nothing crazy comes up), Preferably I'd like 3 soaked, but if that's too much for you to carry I think 2 would also do just fine. I'm hoping to practice a…"
Oct 14, 2009

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What interests you about swordfighting?
The level of detail and profiency required, as each cut is impossible to execute regardless of strength without technique. Also the historical aspect of the sword, which is incredibly deep and dense as well at the modern character values it can teach through that history.
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Custom Bokuto

Recently I've been looking to replace my white oak bokuto with saya that I normally use. While white or red oak are both good woods to make bokuto out of they eventually wear down and start to splinter and crack. I went on an internet quest to find online bokuto sellers that would give more of a choice in customization of length, style and wood composition of the sword. My search has yielded two pretty cool new sites that offer a wide variety of choices, or at least much more than we are used… Continue

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 6:58pm — 3 Comments

Monday Classes at UA!

Hey guys, Senseis Monica and Bianca have asked me to teach an extra during the school week. This Monday there will be a class and every Monday thereafter at 6-7:30 p.m just like on Friday. This way there will be two opportunities to practice at the Rec Center during the week, if you can't make one class you can always make the other one to make up for it. According to most of the people in the university class, Monday works pretty well, but the day can always be changed depending on people's… Continue

Posted on October 11, 2008 at 11:23pm

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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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