This morning.

On the way from Yatsushiro to Kumamoto where we will demonstrate Taisha-ryu at the budokan.

Intensive Training day 1 – photos by Shinko

Taisha-ryu’s Ryu Sen Kan dojo in Yatsushiro conducts what is called in Japanese 短期集中鍛錬 (pronounced  tanki shuchu tanren) meaning “short intensive training” that runs from 10:00 – 16:00 with a lunch break at mid day for members who live so far from Yatsushiro that they are unable to come to the regular training sessions. Yesterday was the first of ten sessions that  I’m doing this trip. Usually there are a few other students who come when a session is on but yesterday was only Yamamoto-Sensei, Uehara-san, Chihara- san and me. Later in the day, Tsunoda-came to help instruct. Here are some photos taken by Shinko-san.

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Taisha-ryu kata seen on this blog.

I often post a series of photos of Go-san and I practicing a part of a Taisha-ryu kata here in Sydney, but I never post a series showing an entire kata because members of the different keikokai (study groups) are not to teach or demonstrate Taisha-ryu.

The reason for this is not because Taisha-ryu wants to keep all of it’s techniques secret, but because members who have not reached the high rank of shinhandai are not deemed skilled enough to demonstrate or teach correctly.

If you’d like to see some done correctly in their entirety, here’s a video someone took in Osaka last year of Yamamoto-sensei and Sato-shihandai demonstrating some Taisha-ryu kata

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Taisha-ryu Kenjutsu Sydney – 25/01/2015

Today in the dojo.

Notice how Go-san is able to stay in a low kamae pretty much throughout this series of photos of part of a kata while I’m not. I’m going to Yastushiro in March. Have to be much better by then.

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Taisha-ryu Kenjutsu in Sydney – 07/12/2014

Today in the garden.

Still a long way to go…

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Summoned to the castle

A friend of ours named John who lives in a 100 year old mock castle built by his grandfather on one of Sydney’s Northern Beaches invited Tsunoda-san, Shinko and I to come up and see some of his collection of Japanese swords. Tsunoda-san was very impressed with the castle – but didn’t have much to say about the swords. Anyway, it was interesting way for him to spend the last day of his trip to Sydney.

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