Ryuseiken Battodo

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February 2008 Blog Posts (4)

Interesting video of Kuk Sool Won

I saw this video of a martial arts style from someone I met in IBM that I'd never heard of called Kuk Sool Won . I think it's Korean but some similarities to Chinese weapons arts (particularly how they use the sword and the spear). I'll find out more soon enough. They have multiple weapon styles, hand-to-hand, hand-to-weapon, throws, kicks and more.… Continue

Added by rawnshah on February 28, 2008 at 8:26am — No Comments

Cutting three goza and mental prep

I've been practicing cutting kihon-toho on three goza (now that I have a stand of my own). A couple of weeks ago, at the tameshigiri outside the dojo, I didn't quite get the first part of the cut, the kesa-giri. The ironic thing is that I find doing the "harder" cuts of kiriage or suihei much easier than the kesa giri.

As it stands now I can get all three cuts, just not serially as they should be in kihon-toho. Actually, I should say, I'm getting closer to what I used to be able to… Continue

Added by rawnshah on February 20, 2008 at 3:19pm — No Comments

The Arizona Matsuri / Japanese Festival this weekend Feb 23/24, in Phoenix

The annual AZ Matsuri is set again for this coming weekend (Feb 23rd Sat & 24th Sun) in Phoenix at Heritage and Science Park downtown on 7th St & Monroe. This will be the 24th anniversary of the event and looks to be just a good a previous years. It starts at 10:30am and goes on until 4:30pm.

Aside from the three stages where they show performing and martial arts, there are about 60 booths and stands on everything from Amezaiku (candy sculpting) to zen calligraphy. On the… Continue

Added by rawnshah on February 18, 2008 at 8:50am — 2 Comments

Black belt promotions on 2/10

We had the Kodenkan 41st annual black belt promotion ceremony last Sunday with three battodo candidates newly accepted as shodans: Dusty Alexander, Andrew Dicenso, and Steven Waldstein. They have practiced for several years with us now--I think about 4 years each--and are well deserving of the rank. I'd like to congratulate all the new shodans, who are now also officially sempais in the Kodenkan.

They also received their Ryuseiken shodan certificates and badges on the same day (since… Continue

Added by rawnshah on February 15, 2008 at 3:29pm — No 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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