Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Andrew Dicenso
  • 27, Male
  • Tucson
  • United States

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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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