Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

October 2007 Blog Posts (7)

Tameshigiri videos on youtube



I've been just randomly going through different iaijutsu, battojutsu, and tameshigiri videos on Youtube. There certainly are a lot of them. They vary quite significantly in terms of quality (both video and martial), complexity and styles.



If you aren't already aware, there are many different japanese sword styles worldwide, some old, some new. Try not to adapt what you see into your practice without asking your sensei. In some cases, even your sensei may not know why they do some… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 23, 2007 at 11:54pm — No Comments

Video clips from tameshigiri on 10/21



I've uploaded about 14 video clips of individuals on 10/21. I think I got everyone at least once, but most folks also did a second cutting on the same day. I haven't put up shihan's ones and need to check with him before I do. So there are certainly more videos for me to create. It takes a bit of time to edit, title and create each one, so I'm doing it in bits at a time.



I did do two extra clips on myself with a slow motion on one of them to see how the tsubamegaeshi… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 23, 2007 at 9:36pm — 1 Comment

Another busy day of cutting at the park

We had a good day at the park yesterday. There was a bit of a crowd at the park itself because of a soccer match, and the wind was up, but overall most people had a good cutting day.



For now we are back down to the 1-peg goza stand, but that's where most of the students are at anyway. Shihan and I tried more complicated cuts like the variation on tsubamegaeshi that starts with nikutsuke-kiriage (one-hand draw & cut) with a crossover kesagiri. So you draw a X from the bottom left to… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 22, 2007 at 7:34am — No Comments

Sword safety and cutting accidents







Everyone should read this article to understand the dangers of being too casual with your sword, trying things that are inherently dangerous, just showing off, or plain stupid.





I recommend that you never ever bring up your live sword against an opponent, even if you are absolutely sure of what you are doing...



... and certainly no twirling your sword in the air, or cutting fruit off of people's… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 18, 2007 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Testing this week

Yesterday, I tested six students in the high-school class:

  • Andrew Dicenso for his ikkyu
  • Reed Wittman for his sankyu
  • Ian B, Theo C, Alexander S, and Nati G for their rokkyu


The testing overall went well. Andrew and Reed also have the second half of their tests, the cutting portion, the next time we meet for tameshigiri. Also Derek G, and Michael H. will be tested for their rokkyu next week.





Then I introduced Shogun to them, and all… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 10, 2007 at 11:48am — No Comments

Our Shogun games are back on

Now that we have a bunch of folks with padded swords (goshinken) in the Kodenkan class, we can have full rounds of Shogun again.



This is a team sport we created to make sparring even more fun. The basic rules are:

  • two teams of equal numbers armed with goshinken - best if 5 on 5
  • each team picks a leader daimyo
  • The real goal is to eliminate the daimyo of the opposing team, but…
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Added by rawnshah on October 7, 2007 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Kodenkan is now a retailer for Hanwei/Paul Chen swords



I was informed by Debbie Smith over at the Kodenkan that we are now set up as a retailer for katanas from the Paul Chen collection created by his company Hanwei. These swords are distributed in the US by CAS Hanwei which also sells a large selection of other non-Japanese weapons and armor.



Paul Chen's katanas are quite widely used and manufactured in China by his company Hanwei. You will find these swords everywhere with a wide range… Continue

Added by rawnshah on October 5, 2007 at 3:55pm — 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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