Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

December 2007 Blog Posts (5)

Black belt tests over! Come congratulate the yudansha candidates

Our black belt tests concluded today with the kata and waza portions of the test.

Please share your congratulations with the new yudansha prospects who have just passed: Dusty Alexander, Andrew Dicenso, and Steven Waldstein!

They all passed with flying colors. Some of the Shihans and… Continue

Added by rawnshah on December 16, 2007 at 6:14pm — 1 Comment

Battodo during the holiday season

Now that the holidays are coming up, the classes are generally winding down for a few weeks until we start again.


The UofArizona battodo budokai just ended last Friday. We'll start again after the first week of school. I'll be teaching on Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30, and the sempais will be available on Fridays at the same time. The location is the same as before: the Student Recreation Center on 6th St & Highland Ave, usually upstairs either in Dance Room… Continue

Added by rawnshah on December 10, 2007 at 4:28pm — No Comments

Cutting tests over

After a second move to hurry and find an indoor location--of all things it's been raining in Tucson which is very unusual--we finally had our shodan candidates test cut yesterday. I had to do my sandan test cuts too. We finally got permission to use the Kodenkan dojo, as long as we moved all the mats out of the way, and cleaned up thoroughly afterwards.

We used my new stand, and shihan's old one, so the cutting actually went a little faster, but even then, with just five people, it… Continue

Added by rawnshah on December 10, 2007 at 8:52am — No Comments

Shodan testing for cutting location MOVED

We have to move the location for the cutting portion of the test on Sunday in case it rains. This other park has a covered canopy that we can cut under.

We are having it at McCormick Park instead. It is located on 2950 N Columbus Blvd, Tucson, AZ, which is in between Glenn and Fort Lowell roads.

Here's the google map location …


Added by rawnshah on December 6, 2007 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Testing season

It's time for testing again. So far I've already tested the new rokkyu students in the Catalina Foothills class. The very first test tends to be graded fairly leniently. But, as I say to them, that the next tests get harder and harder in terms of the grading itself, and there's of course more and harder material too.

Also coming up are our new Shodan candidates: Andrew Dicenso, Dusty Alexander, and Steve Waldstein. They will have to demonstrate their cutting ability up first, and… Continue

Added by rawnshah on December 6, 2007 at 2:31pm — 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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