Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

RawnShah asked me to post this as a blog. It is part of the disscussion about Kojiro and his technique.

Hello, thanks again for a good site. I too am interested in the mythical technique of tsubame giri. I have read a lot about it, but the most interesting thing I have found is the statue on Ganryu Island. I have studied it well, right now I am trying to track down the sculptor, I have some questions for him. The reason is, the hands on the figure of Kojiro are in interesting positions. The right hand is in a reverse position, this would indicate the initial stroke would be from earth to heaven, and the real stroke, the killing one, would be from heaven to earth. I am assuming the sculptor has taken some artistic license, but, he may have done some research that indicates these hand positions. Interesting stuff.

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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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