Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

This is one of many demos from particular Koren school of gumdo (== kendo). Truly impressive, even if you consider their swords are supersharp

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Comment by rawnshah on December 21, 2008 at 1:15pm
This starts with the basic cuts on bamboo, but then moves to goza cutting with some really impressive cut sequences. Yes, the sword is extremely sharp which allows the to keep the goza standing longer, but it's their speed and coordinated movements that I find impressive.

Note the tsubamegaesh where they spin around to cut. It's not only a sharp sword but you need to know how to spin fast without loosing coordination as well.

Ryuseiken students : do NOT attempt these until you talk to shihan or myself. They are very dangerous if not well practiced first.

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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