US Federation of Battodo2019 Tri-State Battodo Tai Kai2019 Tri-State Battodo Tai Kai

Saturday Schedule

Seminars will be on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM. There are four blocks of seminars, each offering a choice between three seminars. Between each block there will be a 15 minute water break.

Cutting classes are not open to beginners without prior approval. All kata seminars require iaito, and cutting seminars require shinken.

Registration

9:30 AM

Registration, waivers, and sword check will be available at 9:30 AM. Please note all iaito and shinken must be examined and approved prior to classes and events.

First Block: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Nakamura Ryu with Dave Drawdy Sensei

Nakamura Ryu was developed by Nakamura Taizaburō Sensei based on his studies while teaching Toyama Ryu. He was inspired by the idea that the eiji happō (the eight principles of writing kanji) could be applied to swordsmanship. He began to organize his understandings into a system of practical swordsmanship in which non-martial techniques were discarded.

Foundations and Kata

The US Federation of Battodo Shoden Seitei Kata are the basic set of kata. Their purpose is to teach basic techniques of drawing and sheathing the sword, as well as basic cutting techniques. These kata can be applied to tameshigiri in a simple manner, regardless of style.

Intro to Cutting / Basics

An introductory tameshigiri seminar for students new to cutting, covering the basics of shinken handling and the cutting patterns for the Mudan tai kai events.

Second Block: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Edo Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu with Paul Manogue Sensei

Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu is one of the koryu — ancient martial arts systems of Japan. It is a hyo ho, a strategic system. As with other koryu, Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu focuses primarily on preserving and transmitting a martial system hundreds of years old.

The various Yagyu Ryu are historical, living martial traditions handed down from teacher to student for more than 400 years. This branch of the Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu traces its lineage to the early 16th century, through seventeen headmasters.

Toyama Ryu Kata

Toyama Ryu Battodo is a Japanese sword art formally established in 1925. This art draws its techniques and philosophy from the expert swordsmen of that era and their styles. Its roots are thought to be Omori Ryu Tachi Iai and the tachi waza of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. It focuses on the drawing and use of a single sword from a standing posture.

It teaches not only drawing and cutting techniques, but also the mental and spiritual aspects which governed the daily lives of swordsmen long ago.

Advanced Cutting

Advanced tameshigiri seminar covering the cutting patterns in the Shodan and up tai kai events. Open to Shodan and up, or Mudan with prior approval.

Lunch

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM

Third Block: 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu with Phil Ortiz Sensei

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is a school of Kobudo (ancient martial art) specializing in iaijutsu (the art of drawing and cutting). The philosophy of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu parallels most modern forms of budo, (i.e. Kendo, Judo, and Aikido) and entails cultivating the mind and conditioning the body through rigorous training for the purpose of improving the self rather than killing an enemy. This concept is more commonly known as fudoshin (immovable mind), which refers to a state of psychological and spiritual equanimity.

Ryushin Shouchi Ryu is based on a traditional style of swordsmanship that originated in the Kanto area but then spread to Kyushu and other areas of Japan. It is composed of Iai, Bokuto kumitachi, Iai kumitachi, Tachitori, and Tantotori.

Kendo with Marky Kurihara Sensei

Kendo — literally "sword way" — is a Japanese martial art that descends from swordsmanship (kenjutsu) and uses bamboo swords (shinai) and protective armor. Today, it is widely practiced within Japan and many other nations across the world. Kendo is an activity that combines martial arts practices and values with strenuous sport-like physical activity.

Intro to Cutting / Basics

An introductory tameshigiri seminar for students new to cutting, covering the basics of shinken handling and the cutting patterns for the Mudan tai kai events.

Fourth Block: 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu with Carl Long Sensei

Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu Iai Heiho is a Japanese martial art which emphasizes drawing and cutting with the sword in a single fluid motion. Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu is a koryu bujutsu with a direct 475 year lineage to its founder, Hayashizaki Jinsuke Shigenobu.

Gekken / Bokken Techniques with Sang Kim Sensei

As you learn different techniques from kata — and strengthen them from cutting — you can try to apply them during free form sparring sessions. These sessions are not about winning a match, but rather test your ability to apply techniques against a real opponent exerting pressure against you.

Students must bring bokken for this seminar. Iaito and shinken will not be allowed.

Advanced Cutting

Advanced tameshigiri seminar covering the cutting patterns in the Shodan and up tai kai events. Open to Shodan and up, or Mudan with prior approval.

Enbu — Masters' Demonstration

5:45 PM – 6:30 PM

Demonstration featuring kata and cutting from multiple masters of different styles.

Group Photo

6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Dinner (optional)

7:15 PM

Sunday Schedule

Tai kai will be on Sunday, October 20th from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Aside from lunch, there will be a 15 minute water break at 3:00 PM.

Cutting events are not open to beginners without prior approval.

Registration

9:00 AM

Registration, waivers, and sword check will be available at 9:00 AM. Please note all iaito and shinken must be examined and approved prior to tai kai events.

Open Kata

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kata competition open to all styles. Mudan, Shodan, and Nidan must present 2 kata. Sandan and up must present 3 kata.

Lunch

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Tameshigiri

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Individual cutting competition.

Mudan: Initial round will be kesa/kesa, gyaku kesa. Semifinals will be kesa/kesa, gyaku kesa, sui-hei. Finals will be godan-giri.

Shodan and Nidan: Initial round will be kesa/kesa, gyaku kesa, sui-hei. Semifinals will be godan giri. Finals will be rokudan giri

Sandan and up: Initial round will be godan giri. Semifinal round will be rokudan giri. Finals will be 2 or 3 mats cutting from kata, If a contestant successfully performs a kata with 3 mats vs a contestant with 2 mats, the first contestant would be the winner.

Team Cutting

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Teams of three practitioners performing rokudan giri on a single mat.

Dodan Cutting

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Individual dodan cutting. The winner is the person who cuts through the deepest.

Gekken

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Single elimination gekken tournament, open to all ranks. Winner of each round will be the first to get one clean point.

Rounds will last a maximum of two minutes, and 4 ai-uchi will eliminate both participants. During the semifinal and final rounds, 3 ai-uchi will eliminate both participants.

Closing Remarks and Photos

4:00 PM