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Archive for August, 2009

Change in the Anatomy of an Iai Ryuha: Katayama Hoki-ryu iai

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

While many often discuss traditions in blanket terms such as “koryu”, it is important to realize that different ryuha’s approaches to the training of their tradition’s skills, as well as their structural organization, can vary radically. Arts with a strong focus on iai  have especially suffered from a sort of “generi”fication in the past 50 years or so, both in (more…)

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Katayama-ryu Swordsman Uno Kintaro Shigeyoshi:
By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2009. Not to be used without permission

When looking into the history of any given ryu, one obviously spends a great deal of time looking at the major players in the tradition’s history. Obviously the founder and succeeding headmasters get most of the attention. But there are a host of lesser know swordsmen who, for whatever reason, never achieve the lasting acclaim of the “big fish” in the pond of Japanese swordsmanship. (more…)

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