Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

The promotion ceremonies on Sunday went well. Reed was the only shodan candidate but there were a number of higher rank promotions as well. I'll try to post photos once I get them off my phone.

Congratulations to:

Reed Wittman - as our newest Shodan
Dusty Alexander - promoted to Nidan and awarded the title of sensei

There were a number of other dan promotions in the other martial arts styles (Kodenkan teaches a wide range of martial arts).

This will bring our yudansha (black belt ranks) in battodo to 12, I believe:

Shodans - Shaun, Stephanie, Andrew C., Steve, Andrew D., Reed
Nidans - Russell, Bianca, Monica, Dusty
Higher - John (Shihan), Rawn

We may have another one next year, if all goes well.

As we tell all shodans, the dan rank means that you are now a serious student, not a master by any means. Even an instructor is a student learning how to impart their knowledge to others.

Good job! Now, go out an teach more students :)

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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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