Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Cutting yesterday and again on 6/15

Cutting went well yesterday in that the black belts got a lot of practice in. With only a few people and four stands, people can get a whole lot more practice in. It really beats the days when we only had one stand and we'd have to move everyone through it one at a time. It's when you get breaks between cutting that you start forgetting what your body was just learning. After all at this level it is more fine adjustments to get, for example, that perfectly flat suihei. With scraps, some folks got to try some of their cuts a dozen times or more each.

Unfortunately for me, doing kihon-toho (kesa-kiriage-suihei) on three goza, I messed up the kiriage, so I did it again, and then had too little goza to really cut the suihei through all 3. This and I really didn't want to cut into the pegs again. So, in the end I missed the full suihei, although the 2.5 I did cut through were completely flat.

Oh well, another practice next Sunday. We'll see how it goes this time. It is starting to get warmer, reaching 100 degrees by 11am on some days, but this isn't the terrible summers of the last two years (110+ daily). And we do have my pool for a cool off afterwards :)


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Comment by rawnshah on June 16, 2008 at 1:28pm
Just show up.
It's usually at the same place & time (Himmel Park 9am). No cutting next week though; it's black belt test day (closed to public) for all the styles at the Kodenkan.
Comment by Christopher Arendt on June 15, 2008 at 8:57pm
I would like to attend a cutting session.
I needn't participate for liability reasons. (Though I am over 18 )
I would like to watch for old times sake.
If I need to enroll in the Ryuseiken summer class proper to attend the Sunday cutting sessions, I would be willing to.
I can't come to the classes on Saturdays due to my busy work schedule.
Comment by rawnshah on June 9, 2008 at 7:56am
We did take videos again this time, but I haven't started editing and converting them.

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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