Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

I've uploaded three videos of Bianca, Monica and Steve sempais. Take a look at how you did on June 7th. I slowed down some of it where relevant and left the audio commentary in of tips.The videos and information is for your benefit; don't feel bad about hearing where you can improve.

Specifically, Bianca sempai the right to left kiriage is noticeably off. I think its because your hands are too far apart, so you end up bending your left elbow which then puts your hands past your tip when you hit the target. It results in the kiriage not happening.

Monica sempai: the suihei from right to left. I did some snapshots exactly around where you have difficulty. Here's the sequence:

In the first shot, your tip is horizontal and proper behind you. As you start to move you drop the tip quite a bit and this is where it starts becoming a kiriage. I think what happens is that you raise your left shoulder as you wind up to cut, which tips your sword down.

Steve sempai: the commentary on the video says it all.

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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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