Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

I'm throwing a party at our place to watch the fireworks from the pool and leaving an open invitation to all battodo, japanese sword and martial arts students, practitioners and enthusiasts (any school really).

We built the pool to face the panorama of Tucson, especially where they shoot the fireworks from (A-mountain). Here's a shot of what the pool looks like at night. The fireworks shoot off towards the left edge of the picture. You can also see the fireworks displays across town (with our telescope), since we have about 200 degree view of town.

It is also where we filmed some of the video series:

Feel free to bring a swimsuit. The water is warm naturally at this time, and the sun is shaded after 6pm, with lots of daylight until around 7:45, and then we turn on the pool lights.

We'll have some food and drinks. Any RSVP (comments to this blog) would be appreciated so we know how much more food to have. Party starts at 7pm, with fireworks at 9pm.

Our place is on the west side of town, near Pima College West. Here's the Google map location for you to find directions:

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Comment by Christopher Arendt on July 4, 2008 at 8:07pm
I can't come due to car trouble.
My rides car broke down. :(

I'm sorry I can't attend the party,
Happy Fourth of July Everyone!
Comment by Christopher Arendt on June 30, 2008 at 9:31pm
Well Then:
Root Booze For All!

(Root Booze is any kind of gourmet Root Beer or Sasparilla, I'm thinking Jones)
Comment by rawnshah on June 30, 2008 at 10:46am
About half a dozen or more other folks from the Battodo classes have said they are coming.

We're suggesting that people bring some soda or a bag of chips.

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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