Post by Ii Katsumori on Feb 6, 2014 7:18:18 GMT -5
If I were to offer a daily class on traditional Japanese swordsmanship at Pennsic, would anyone be interested? I'm thinking an hour (or 2?) each day to work on basics of cutting,drawing, blocking, distance, guards, etc. in the context of historical Japanese combat. Though I've studied various ryuha, this would be a more general overview and chance to practice with all the caveats thereto.
If you would be interested in such a thing, when would be a good time? Morning, midday, afternoon, or even evening?
Post by Ii Katsumori on Mar 3, 2014 11:02:24 GMT -5
I haven't seen the battlefield schedule, but the class is scheduled for the battlefield tent. It will be one hour, daily, starting at 5pm.
The class will actually be taught in two "waves"--there will be the pre-war week sessions for those who show up (Tue-Sat), and then I will expect to cover basics, again, starting Sunday and continuing until Thu, so if you are only there for war week you should feel free to drop in. Even if you miss the first class each week, you should drop by anyway, as I will expect people to miss some classes due to other activities.
We will cover etiquette, exercises (stretching, movement, and cutting), kamae (stance), basics of cutting, transitions, distance (maai), timing, movement single- and two-person kata, as well as dealing with multiple opponents. After each class, I will make myself available for further questions and discussions, to keep the hour as active as possible. This is not going to teach a specific ryuha*, it will not make you a modern day samurai, and it will not be focused solely on techniques for SCA combat. However, it will cover techniques from traditional Japanese swordsmanship, taken from multiple schools, to provide a broad introduction and build some basics that will translate to most Japanese schools should further study be pursued. All that is needed is a katana/tachi simulator, preferably with at least one out of wood (bokuto and mogito/iaito--I will suggest avoiding shinai and shinken will not be allowed for two-person drills and if you want to use it for solo drills, please speak to me beforehand).
*if anyone is interested in something more specific, PM me and I'll see if I can't help you find a good, legitimate practice near you