Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Kobudo Taikai Part 2

Kanshin Ryu Iaijutsu

Toda-ha Buko Ryu Naginatajutsu

Tennen Rishin Ryu Kenjutsu, aka "Why are there no women in MY dojo?"

Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu (Fukuoka)

Shindo Muso Ryu Jojutsu (Tokyo)

Araki Ryu Genyo Kogusoku

Shojitsu Kenri Kataichi Ryu Kenjutsu

Kashima Shinden Jikishinkage Ryu Kenjutsu - no, that's not the sword they use!

My favourite demo of the whole day was of Unkou Ryu (demonstrated by the Soke and his son).

Hokushin Itto Ryu Kenjutsu

Kuroda Han Hojutsu Yo Ryu Dakae Ozutsu ("Hand-held Cannon")

Monday, February 22, 2010

33rd Kobudo Taikai Article at Kendo World

Hey everybody. A couple weeks ago, I was invited by Kendo World magazine and Kendo World Online to go and write a report about the 33rd Nihon Kobudo Taikai. Please check out my article there, and while you're at it, why not get a subscription? It's one of the few print magazines covering kendo, iaido, jodo, and koryu bujutsu in English, and it deserves your support! So quit sponging up all the free content available on the internet, and help them out by getting a subscription to the magazine. At 100+ pages, virtually ad-free, each issue is more like a book than a magazine.

There wasn't enough space in the article to run all of my photos, so here are some freebies, made possible by Kendo World! A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, so in most cases, I'll let the pictures do the talking.

Everybody lined up ... stitched together from 3 photos.

Ogasawara Ryu Kyubajutsu

Kashima Shinto Ryu Kenjutsu

Iwami Soke of Hyoho Niten Ichi Ryu Kenjutsu, about to bring the smack down.

Yagyu Shingan Ryu Taijutsu

Tendo Ryu Naginatajutsu. Here, the practitioner on the left is using 2 short swords.

Action shot! Araki Ryu Kempo (Bojutsu, Chigiriki, Kusarigama)

Shindo Munen Ryu Kenjutsu

Mizoguchi-ha Itto Ryu Kenjutsu