Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

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 variation where you draw-cut (nukitsuke) kiriage from left to right, and then single-hand (katatte) kesagiri from right to left. This cross-cut is an interesting combination of single-handed cuts with tsubamegaeshi that I'm still learning and getting perhaps only about 10% of the time. The second clip shows all the trials and misses on this cut.

Take a look at how you did and add any comments or thoughts. Please keep in mind that everyone is learning and these biweekly cutting practices are a step along our paths to becoming better. Don't worry too much about critique and consider it as ideas on how to improve. You should probably even critique yourself if you see something.

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Comment by Kimy Ryan on November 2, 2007 at 4:38pm
Thank you Sensei for taping and posting these. It helps immensely to see how it actually looks when we cut. I for one, need to work on aim, katas, footing, swings and not being afraid of the sword. That goes away eventually right? :)

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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