Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

We had the Kodenkan 41st annual black belt promotion ceremony last Sunday with three battodo candidates newly accepted as shodans: Dusty Alexander, Andrew Dicenso, and Steven Waldstein. They have practiced for several years with us now--I think about 4 years each--and are well deserving of the rank. I'd like to congratulate all the new shodans, who are now also officially sempais in the Kodenkan.

They also received their Ryuseiken shodan certificates and badges on the same day (since these are two different organizations) from Shihan McGraugh.

We'll have official photos in a short while.

I'm trying to remember all the black belts we have promoted over the years (not including myself and Shihan) just in our neck of the woods:

- Shaun Garewal, shodan
- Russell , nidan & sensei
- Monica Voge, shodan
- Bianca Kuo, shodan
- Stephanie Marcellin, shodan
- Dusty Alexander, shodan
- Andrew Dicenso, shodan
- Steve Waldstein, shodan

Most are still actively practicing, although some have moved away. I'm simply glad to see the numbers growing.

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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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