Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

I think I stopped at 9.

#10.
a. Moving towards target, kiriage LtoR.
b. Veer past right side of target.
c. Following LtoR body turn of kiriage, step left leg past target, turn 180 degrees, drop right leg back.
d. Kesagiri LtoR before the goza falls.
NOTE: This can also be done in mirror image (cuts RtoL, and moving to left of target)

#11
a. Kiriage LtoR,
b. before target falls, suihei LtoR.
NOTE: Both cuts are from the same side, which means you should bring the sword back over your head (jodan) first before you cut the suihei or you may tip over the goza with your sword tip

#12
a. Similar to #1 in the prior list except
b. instead of the last switch-step suihei standing, drop the right knee (left knee up) and suihei RtoL

NOTE: (b) can be done with either knee up, but I prefer the traverse body position. If you cut suihei RtoL with right knee up, you can twist your body far enough to throw you off balance, but with RtoL with left knee up, your traverse body stance can keep you from over-twisting and loosing balance. Furthermore, you can twist your hips from RtoL easier and apply more force.

#13 Reverse grip katatte (one-handed)
a. Reverse grip (thumb-facing kashira not tsuba, sword tip pointing down) in right hand only.
b. With sword at left side, cut kattate kiriage LtoR (your palm is facing upwards)
c. Immediately return with katatte Kesa RtoL (your palm is facing downwards)

NOTE: I've seen one of our students even try this (Dusty Alexander). I think James Williams sensei of Nami-Ryu/Bugei has demonstrated this one too. It's particularly difficult if you aren't used to this reverse grip, and haven't yet mastered swinging the cut upwards in this arm position. The kiriage in this reverse grip uses different muscles (biceps primarily rather than triceps, the front of the deltoids/shoulders and your pecs/chest)

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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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