Ryuseiken Battodo

Japanese swordfighting

Tameshigiri Koshiden-Ken(kiku) katana Demo

My first custom blade made to my specifications

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Comment by Rich Klaas on April 22, 2009 at 3:16pm
Hi Rawnshah,in the goshinken demo,i use the koshiden ken on the doulbe mat,it's holding up better than expected an as a matter of fact i cut the left over piece of tatami with the 2 in bamboo center with it,we had stopped rolling the cam,and it cut thoiugh it with ease.
Comment by rawnshah on April 22, 2009 at 3:10pm
Hi sensei,
I noticed that the video is from six months ago. How is it performing today? I usually try not to judge a sword until it has gone past its initial fresh-sharp period, to see how it holds up to some cutting. The 3goza cutting in the video is the proper level of pressure on a good sword. My concern is that once it's past the sharp period, it will deform or bend when struck on a dense target.

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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