Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

March 2008 Blog Posts (3)

Light sparring armor used in european mediavel fighting

I found some interesting possibilities for body armor on the Revival.us site. The helmet is very much a kendo helmet with neck-guards:

For $120 that's not bad but a little high. The good thing is that they have many different sizes.

More interesting is the protective gloves which they use when fighting with (unsharpened) steel weapons in rapier-style fencing. While it's not as hard an… Continue

Added by rawnshah on March 6, 2008 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Comparing cut sequences to Toyama-ryu/USBF

Different styles have different names for cuts and for cut sequences, so it might help if you find things on the net and can't seem to understand what they describe to understand a translation or mapping of the names.

From the descriptions and what I've seen from different Taikai, here's a little translation on cut sequences from the Toyama-ryu style as defined by the US Battodo Federation (a Toyama-ryu… Continue

Added by rawnshah on March 5, 2008 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

New Videos uploaded

I created a few more videos last night of the ones from early February, when we cut behind the dojo, plus a few more of me in my backyard.

For the February sessions, it seems people are trying more difficult cuts this time around which is great! Both Monica and Bianca are attempting tsubamegaesh, and Brian tried gohon-giri. I have yet to edit and create videos of Travis, Ashley and others so those should be coming.

We also had Sylvia try to cut for the very first time and… Continue

Added by rawnshah on March 3, 2008 at 7:51am — 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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