Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

April 2008 Blog Posts (2)

Lots of continual cuts

I had the students at UofA club on Monday "cut" quite a bit. Not actually cutting targets, but more swinging with intention to cut each time. I think we ended up with over 400 swings each over the span of an hour and half. There were several goals:

  • building stamina - lots of continual cutting will help you find where you run out of breath and energy, and how long it takes to recover
  • thinking under pressure - there were several exercises and some required a specific…

Added by rawnshah on April 23, 2008 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Swordfighting in Indonesia

Thanks to our new member, Christopher Arendt, I found a japanese sword school in Indonesia. It's not that I'm going there but you might. The real point is that they have it available. In the US, we may sigh about the fact that we do not have a sword class near us, but think about how much harder it is in other countries where there may not be as much influence from Japanese culture as we do in the US.

I myself lived in Southeast Asia for many… Continue

Added by rawnshah on April 7, 2008 at 4:06pm — 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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