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Watch What You Say

Watch What You Say 

By Rennis Buchner
Copyright © Rennis Buchner, 2013. Not to be used without permission

 

Upon joining koryu, the new practitioner will often be required to swear some form of oath and vow to follow various rules required by the ryu. Depending on the tradition this can take different forms ranging from an ultra traditional making an oath sealed in blood sworn to the various deities the ryu worships, to modern updated versions which due away with the deities and blood oaths, (more…)

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“Newbie Questions”

Seen several times on several forums lately:

“Hi, I am a newer student and want to know more about the concept of ABC”

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Kata Practice: “Fixed” Forms?

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

Kata practice is the prevailing traditional method of study in Japan’s various classical martial pursuits (and most other cultural arts as well). While this method is the norm, it is not without its detractors, especially among more modern practitioners who prefer more free form methods of practice. The single largest complaint is that kata is “fixed” so (more…)

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Mae: The Kihon of Iai…

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

It is well established that the kata “Mae” (and the various other names it goes under depending on the ryu) is the single most important kata in all of the art of iai. This is the first kata taught in most ryu and also the first kata taught in all three of the major iai umbrella organizations’ sets of fixed kata. The basic (more…)

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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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“Muso Madness”: A look at some of the debate surrounding koryu and modern iai through two of the art’s most popular ryuha.

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

By this point it is probably beyond argument that Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu and Muso Shinden-ryu are the overwhelming most practiced koryu iai ryuha both in Japan (with Eishin-ryu being the choice of Western Japan and Shinden-ryu being the choice of the Eastern half of the country) and (more…)

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I wrote this piece earlier this year for kenshi247.net, which is a good site for those into kendo and sword arts in general. CLICK HERE to check it out.

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