GENBUKAN SWORDSMANSHIP CLUB
Japanese swordsmanship at Aikido of Westchester
Tuesdays 8–9:30 pm & Sundays 8:30–10 am
BATTODO & TOYAMA RYU
Toyama Ryu (戸山流) is a sword art style developed for Japanese military training in 1925. Earlier Twentieth-century warfare still entailed close-quarters combat. This Japanese sword art system was designed to prepare army officers to effectively use their sword in combat.
At the Genbukan dojo, we practice both the standard Battodo and Toyama Ryu kata forms to simulate techniques used in sword confrontations.
The distinguishing elements of the Toyama Ryu art form are practical applications of techniques for sword combat practiced entirely in a standing position, including tameshigiri (test cutting).
EQUIPMENT AND UNIFORM
In the beginning, you will only need to purchase your keiko-gi and hakama. The dojo can loan you a dojo iaito for kata practice and a dojo shinken for tatami cutting workshops.
A new student will usually spend the first 3 months working on the basics (kihon). The practitioner will learn how to properly draw a sword (batto), perform various cutting motions and re-sheath the sword (noto).
In battodo, kata is the exercise of drawing one’s sword against an imagined enemy or enemies in order to counter an attack or strike down an opponent. By practicing kata the practitioner will learn effective techniques that will combine elements such as movement, cutting, focus, and intent. The purpose of kata is to instill situational awareness, enhance timing and relate to the distance of subjects (both moving and stationary).
Tameshigiri (test cutting) is used to enhance and test the practitioner’s ability to slice through a target by using a shinken (sharp Japanese sword). The swordsman’s cuts are evaluated on the precise angles and distance between the cuts, accuracy, and the practitioner's form. The targets used are rolled sheets of woven straw tatami.
ABOUT THE GENBUKAN DOJO
The Genbukan dojo is a member of the US Federation of Battodo and is a member school of Toyama Ryu Batto Jutsu.
The teaching of the US Federation of Battodo is closely aligned with that of the Zen Nihon Battodo Renmei.
GENBUKAN MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP
Monthly unlimited membership $110
Aikido of Westchester members $40
OBSERVE A SWORDSMANSHIP CLASS
Tuesday evenings 8-9 pm or Sunday mornings 8:30-10 am. You must make an appointment to observe a class. Please submit your name and email information below.