Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Cutting at the park Sunday March 8th

Hi all our students in Tucson,

We will have another cutting session at Himmel Park on Sunday starting at 11am. If you have not been to one, it is a lot of fun. We will be on the east side of the park off of Treat Ave just south of Speedway Blvd (closest cross-streets: Speedway & Tucson)

As always, come in full dress if you can. Otherwise, please wear plain black or Kodenkan Tshirts since we will be filming for Shihan's video as well.

Let me know who needs goza. I only have a few, but Shihan has two boxes right now.

Plus: after the cutting, planning on having people over to my place for pool party and hot dogs/burgers. It's on the west side of town near Starr Pass. Let me know if you need directions.

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Comment by rawnshah on March 6, 2009 at 7:54am
We're lucky that way I think--it promises to be 75deg on Sunday. We've had cops come by and ask before but they all seem to be fine with it. Other martial arts schools are regularly practicing there. We try to keep people safely away or advise them on which way not to be. The only problem is cleanup. We have to take the trash out to the large driveaway dumpsters.
Comment by Al Kilgore on March 5, 2009 at 6:54am
You know, cutting outside in a park up here would require all kinds of permissions and permits.
Your cutting event sounds like a lot of fun, and I think that despite the trouble, I will hold cutting outdoors this year. In June, when it finally thaws out up here!!
Anyway, sounds like a great time, wish I was there!

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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