Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

I've developed a bit of fascination with snap cuts. I don't know a better name for it; there probably is one. It is where you swing at full speed but freeze just an inch or so before the goza, guarding the target for a few seconds. From that position, you then snap your wrist quickly to cut through the goza. There's practically no room for any sort of swing and this takes a sharp sword and lots of torque to cut.

I've done it with one full goza from a kesa snap, which is the least difficult version. I'd like to try a kiriage snap cut next, likely with one hand. Here's the thought: one or two hand tsuki just barely to the left of the goza, then twist to kiriage position (hasuji position relative to goza), and snap cut.

To make it even more interesting would be an immediate 180-face to another goza behind me and another guard+kesa-snap-cut.

Why? It's just a cool idea and a new way to use my skill, methinks. If I get it, I'll post the video.

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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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