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
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Hataya Sensei DVD
Respect for Katana
Sword Dictionary
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    Warm Up Exercises
    Bow Out Ceremony
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Katana Maintenance
    Katana Cleaning
    Mekugi Replacement
    Katana Disassembly
    Is my sword sharp?
    Edge Geometry
    Surface Polish
    Sharpening Guide
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    8 Basic Cuts
    Toyama Kata
    Toyama Kukmitachi
    Seitei Kata
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    Taikai Rules
    Judging Guide
    Target Prep & Spiking
    Cutting Patters
    Cutting Videos
    Target Comparison
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Fundamentals (Kihon) 基本

Drawing / Guard (Battō / Seigan) 抜刀 / 青眼

The katana should be drawn with a consistent and smooth motion while stepping into a guard stance.  The drawing the sword (Battō) should be a fluid motion that will allow it's immediate use.  The standard guard stance (Seigan) is a versatile position suitable for both attack and defense.

  • Push the katana out with the left thumb
  • Do not let the fingers of the right hand go too far around the tsuka
  • Make sure you can clear obi
  • Make sure you perform sayabiki (drawing saya from sword)
  • Kissaki should go up and forward in a cutting arch after leaving saya
  • Left hand should meet the katana as it reaches Seigan (guard position)
  • Kissaki should be level with throat (pointed towards opponents eyes)
  • Hands should be still and not adjusting grip after reaching seigon

Griping the Katana (Chakin Shibori) 茶巾絞り

Proper grip is essential for good swordsmanship.  Toyama Ryu uses a very strong grip that keeps control of the katana even when doing tameshigiri (test cutting) of hard targets.  The student should strive to get a proper grip every time the katana is drawn.

  • Right hand should touch tsuba
  • Left hand should be even with kashira (end-cap)
  • Last two fingers on left hand should straddle the knot in the tsuka ito (handle wrap).
  • The two bones in the wrist should be parallel to the tsuka and pointing towards the top of the tsuka
  • Pinch with the thumbs and grip with the fingers
  • Longer handles are easier to control but harder to use, especially if you carry a wakizashi
  • Handle size should be 1/3 of sword from habaki

Stance (Iaigoshi) 居合い腰

A solid low stance is important to stability.  If the stance is too low, it is not mobile enough.  If the stance is too high it becomes unstable.  Every step should end in the proper stance.

  • Feet shoulder width apart
  • Step forward with right foot and backwards with left foot to keep position
  • Keep the front and back feet about one foot (your foot) apart
  • Flat straight back
  • Stomach not out (do not arch back)
  • Keep the shoulders down and back
  • Balance on toes
  • 70% of weight on forward leg
  • Forward knee bent until toes not visible
  • Rear leg straight but not locked
  • Heal not locked on floor
  • Heals not pointed in (feet pointed forward)

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