Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

January 2008 Blog Posts (2)

Tameshigiri got rained out, but we found a real sword

Our cutting on Sunday got rained out before we really got started unfortunately. We've moved it to this Saturday at 2:30 at the Kodenkan just before the regular class. I got sick with a cough and a fever so I didn't really cut the pieces myself and make new ones. So, they are just being dried out until I soak them again this Friday.



While we were hanging out, we took a look at the sword I got over the winter holidays from my wife. She found it at an antique shop here in town. The owner… Continue

Added by rawnshah on January 30, 2008 at 9:12am — 3 Comments

Ow my aching sides (Black belt workout)

The year's just begun and the first real workout I had to attend was the blackbelt workout that the Kodenkan holds every so often. It's an all day thing of seminars for different martial arts that is mandatory and exclusive to the yudansha.



I was glad to see most of our battodo yudansha who were in town attending and working out. We learned new things outside of swordfighting: jujitsu, karate, and knife fighting.



I took the jujitsu seminars and found one or two of the basic… Continue

Added by rawnshah on January 14, 2008 at 10:04pm — 1 Comment

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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