Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

January 2009 Blog Posts (3)

Ryuseiken Battodo in Tucson newspaper


The Arizona Daily Star wrote a piece about the Ryuseiken Battodo classes in their article on "Outta-sight workouts". In fact, our own Maria Rice is on the cover of their Caliente lifestyle insert, plus more photos of other students (Ashley, Valerie and Peter) in the story on "samurai sword". Shihan John was interviewed as part of the class. The piece also mentions the UofA and CFHS classes too.

"Samurai Sword:… Continue

Added by rawnshah on January 29, 2009 at 9:46pm — 1 Comment

Footwork, maai and movement

When it comes to footwork, our style tends to be more freeform after a certain level. At the beginning, students learn the katas step-by-step, by count, and with specific feet positions. For first time cutters (sankyus) start one step away from the target to cut. It takes a few years for most students before they get out of the habit of counting steps mentally, and move automatically.

As they progress, we add in more and more fluid movement. Eventually, the katas can have no limits… Continue

Added by rawnshah on January 11, 2009 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Tameshigiri on Wikipedia

I've added some diagrams and text to the article on Tameshigiri on Wikipedia. Please read and comment here or on wikipedia.

I have 25-30 pages of these patterns already but I don't know if I should add it all.

I'm hoping that we get the other Ryu to share their patterns on Wikipedia as well.

There is a link to the Japan Ryuseiken site, but I wasn't quite sure whether I should add our site here. For one, we… Continue

Added by rawnshah on January 3, 2009 at 12:46pm — 3 Comments

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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