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I am looking to shut down this old site that we once was quite active. It's been years since I have posted, and I don't see a need to continue. The last day will probably be this Friday, Dec 22nd, 2023.

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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 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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At 1:30pm on July 9, 2010, Abner Ortiz said…
Hi Friend
Thanks for the last comments, we are going to celebrate our first Toyama Ryu Tameshigiri tournament at the Island in companion with kendo practitioners from whole Island, This one is just a regional tournament, and next we are planning the National Tameshigiri Cup an open invitational one for all US States. So we keep you informed about that arrangements for January-February 2011.

Yours in Budo

Abner Ortiz
At 5:13pm on November 16, 2009, Thomas Foss said…
thanks rawn-sensei. imagine if the picture had caught the goza coming off too, that would been amazing!
At 10:54pm on October 9, 2009, Salvatore Forestieri said…
Thanks for adding me as your friend Rawn.
At 10:52pm on October 9, 2009, Salvatore Forestieri said…
Thanks Rawn! I hope Saruta Sensei is OK. I sent an e-mail about 2 weeks ago but he has not responded as of yet. If John shihan has yen fees for Nidan and Sandan, I would apprieciate the info passed along.

We will post some fresh stuff online as soon as I get it together.
At 10:55pm on July 20, 2009, Rayed Khatib said…

His name is Sensei Salvatore Forestieri, I have yet to actually attend his class, however I have spoken to him over the phone. I am so unbelievably excited for Friday, because honestly I would have studied Kenjutsu a long time ago if I had known a place nearby that taught it.
At 5:53pm on January 27, 2009, Pablo said…
I would like to know how one starts training if possible. If so when, where, and how much?
At 9:02pm on March 23, 2008, Hannah said…
It's Hannah I just found this site and I was trying to find the Dojo site but couldn't. haha. So I signed up, I think this site is really cool I miss everyone still I really want to start back up next year.
At 11:56pm on October 24, 2007, Monica Margaret Voge said…
Sylvia and Aireona (a new member who has come the last few Wed.) wanted to know if they could get some info on parts of the sword, history of Batto-do, etc. Could you make them packets like you did for the other members at the beginning of the semester? Thanks.
At 1:23pm on September 21, 2007, Stephanie Marcellin said…
As soon as I can get ahold of a scanner, I'll post them. =)

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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