Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

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 things the way they do, but each style has its own history, background and reasons.

For that same reason, I do not want to find out our students being jerks in terms of comments on these videos, especially on videos of other sensei's, no matter what your opinion is. It's simply rude and arrogant; not characteristics we want to see in our students.

That being said, I'm also glad to see that many of our students are doing fairly well compared to what I've seen elsewhere. It attests to the fact that you guys are practicing hard and well.

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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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