Konjaku Kioi Toyama Ryu Dojo Toyama Ryu Batto Do
Konjaku Kioi Dojo
(Ancient and Modern Fighting Spirit Dojo)
5980 66th St N Suite M
St Petersburg FL 33709
Email: info@toyama-ryu.com
Phone: 727-329-9679
Yari (Spear)

Hataya Sensei DVD
Respect for Katana
Sword Dictionary
How to Guides
    Bow In Ceremony
    Warm Up Exercises
    Bow Out Ceremony
    Wearing Uniform
    Formal Uniform
    Wearing Daisho
    Uniform Folding/Care
Katana Selection
    Sword Dimensions
    Sword Testing
Katana Maintenance
    Katana Cleaning
    Mekugi Replacement
    Katana Disassembly
    Is my sword sharp?
    Edge Geometry
    Surface Polish
    Sharpening Guide
Training Basics
    Kihon (Fundamentals)
    8 Basic Cuts
    Toyama Kata
    Toyama Kukmitachi
    Seitei Kata
Taikai Guides
    Taikai Rules
    Judging Guide
    Target Prep & Spiking
    Cutting Patters
    Cutting Videos
    Target Comparison
St Petersburg Dojo
    Intro Letter
    Femal Sensei
    Dojo Members
    Code of Conduct
    Classes and Fees
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Code of Conduct

Konjaku Kioi Toyama Ryu  Dojo

(Ancient and Modern Fighting Spirit)

School of Japanese Swordsmanship

Table of Contents

Welcome to our Martial Arts Studio.

Attending class on a regular basis
is the key to success.

Toyama Ryu Batto Do

Over 200 years ago the samurai class was abolished in Japan.  The Meiji Restoration redefined the class system and brought Japan into the modern era.  To most people the Samurai are a footnote in history or larger than life figures on the cinema screen.  The Samurai are gone, but their spirit lives on.  Men and women from Japan and around the world are dedicated to keeping their legacy alive.

History of Toyama Ryu

Toyama Ryu Batto Do is a Japanese sword art formally established in 1925 for the Toyama Military academy in Japan.  The Toyama academy was the Japanese equivalent of West Point founded in 1873.  A committee under the senior authority of Nakayama Hakudo formalized this style to teach officers practical battlefield swordsmanship.  Nakayama was the 16th soke of the Shimomura-faction of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu iaido. This art draws its techniques and philosophy from the expert swordsmen and their styles of that era. Its roots are in Omori Ryu Tachi Iai and the tachi waza of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu. It embodies the art of drawing and using the single sword from a standing posture. It teaches not only drawing and cutting techniques, but also the mental and spiritual aspects which governed the daily lives of swordsmen long ago.

Emphasis of Toyama Ryu

Toyama Ryu is based on the practical application of the sword as a weapon. It consists of basic cutting techniques, basic kata, advanced two man kata and a variety of specific cutting patterns. It places significant emphasis on the importance of actual cutting with the sword and understanding the intricate details. It focuses on not only the physical details of every action involved in using the sword, but also the mental and spiritual meaning which also must play an equal part in understanding the sword as was once done long ago.


Classes are taught with the same content and format as those in Japan.  This is a unique opportunity to learn authentic Japanese Swordsmanship. Classes in St Petersburg are held under the direction of Mike Femal Sensei.  Femal Sensei has captured the Orlando Batto Jutsu Tai Kai championship twice and has won a dozen 1st place gold medals in both the US and in Japan. 

What is Batto Do?

Batto Do, loosely translated, means the way of drawing and cutting with a sword in a single motion.  This is the basic distinction between Batto Do and Kenjutsu, which are the fighting techniques used after the sword is drawn.  Batto Do and Iaido are pretty much interchangeable.  The distinction we draw here is Batto Do techniques are performed in a standing position, while traditional Iaido uses many techniques performed from seiza, or the kneeling position. 


Tameshigiri, consisting of various cutting patterns and targets.  Tameshigiri, the practice of test cutting, is fundamental in Batto Do.  The purpose of tameshigiri is to test the cutting ability of the sword, gain experience in striking a solid object and improve timing, distance, angle and grip.  The targets used consist of makiwara, tightly rolled mats called tatami mats that have been soaked in water and offer uniform weight and thickness.  While kata teaches correct footwork and body movement, it is only by cutting an actual target that reveals whether or not the proper cutting technique is being used.  Strength, speed and technique alone, however, are not enough.  The correct swing technique and blade angle, hasuji, must combine with proper cutting distance to make a successful cut.  To perform a perfect cut, the mind, body and spirit must fuse at the very instant of cutting.  This is the training objective of Batto Do.

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