Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

May 2008 Blog Posts (4)

Photos from the battodo film shoot

We did some filming in my pool a week or so ago for the battodo video series. Shihan John is in the videos, not me, so I was able to take some photos while they were prepping (when I remembered). It was quite fun to do but a lot of work for the film crew and Shihan, but only a little for me. I should have taken more but you might see it in the videos

Some of the pictures are blurry; I apologize

[ Still setting up here… Continue

Added by rawnshah on May 28, 2008 at 6:33pm — No Comments

Practice in the park June 1st (6/1)

I'd like to get together next Sunday June 1st at Himmel Park (1 block south of Tucson & Speedway), northeast corner, for some cutting and kata practice. The is primarily for the black belts but others in our school are welcome to participate. The meet time is 9am and it'll probably go on until noon or so; earlier so that it's not as hot. As always bring some money for each goza you plan to cut.

We might meet again on the 8th, but if you need your practice in try to come both… Continue

Added by rawnshah on May 26, 2008 at 11:26am — No Comments

Summertime and the living's easy

Summer comes early to Tucson as always, but this year it is hard to tell if Spring weather will actually continue until the official 1st day of Summer (June 20th/21st). In any case, the Catalina Foothills High School class has only one more session of battodo left, and the UofArizona class is over.

I'm still trying to figure out if I should pay for the gym membership at the UofA Recreation center over the summer. There are a few folks still around so we might just be able to get… Continue

Added by rawnshah on May 7, 2008 at 10:21am — No Comments

The continual cutting continues

I tried the same experiment as before with my High school/middle school class. They actually did surprisingly well in terms of stamina but not necessarily in terms of cutting.

Andrew Dicenso sempai, our shodan in the class, beat my time for 99 cuts but a second. He says he practices with his shinken at home cutting 2-3 hundred times, so he's already well set for it. Many of the others however, ran… Continue

Added by rawnshah on May 2, 2008 at 1:05pm — 4 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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