Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

August 2009 Blog Posts (4)

Battodo at UofA starting again

Posting for senseis Monica and Bianca for the U of Arizona club:

Hey Club Members and Potential Club Members (aka the most awesomemest people in

the world)!

The first Batto-do practice will be held next Friday, Sept. 4th from 6-7:30

pm. We will meet in the Rec Center at the corner of Highland and 6th at the top

of the stairs. Just look for a bunch of people carrying wooden swords - we're

hard to miss.

For those who will be attending for the first… Continue

Added by rawnshah on August 28, 2009 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Gloves and goza

I got both a new pair of light combat gloves and new targets on the same day. The gloves are from Revival.us, a chivalry sports store with lots of equipment for Ren-Fair types. The gloves are light, kevlar reinforced with a hard shell over the knuckles, and padding for every finger. However, even the large size for me seems to be a little small for my hand. It fits mostly well and protects the wrist and forearms as well, but covers about 95% of my palm, making it a little annoying when it… Continue

Added by rawnshah on August 14, 2009 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Ordered some goza from Nihonzashi, Cutting again some weekend soon

I've put in an order for one box of goza from Nihonzashi in Florida which should arrive next week. I think it's time for some cutting again soon, perhaps on the Sat 15th or Sun 16th. I wanted to test the quality of their goza first before ordering too much. The cost has also gone up a buck per target since it's more expensive to have it shipped from FL to here.

Let me know who can come.


Added by rawnshah on August 6, 2009 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Katana/shinken selection guide

The folks at Nihonzashi have a fairly detailed set of information about the material and dimensions of the swords they carry. It's much more information than may be helpful to the beginner but still helpful.



Added by rawnshah on August 5, 2009 at 9:13am — 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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