Our Sword study group here in Santa Cruz is called Santa Cruz Todokai. We practice what is called Iaido.
Santa Cruz Todo Kai's curriculum has been primarily focused upon Ryushin Shouchi Ryu since 2016 under the guidance of Soke Kunikazu Yahagi and Sensei Phillip Ortiz. The curriculum includes kata(technique with unsharpened solid blade), kumidachi (bokken-wooden sword sparring ) and tameshigiri(live blade cutting).
The history of Ryushin Shouchi Ryu (RSR) derives from the ancient sword style which originated in central Japan (Kanto region) and branched out to the southern island of Kyushu and other provinces. The current RSR curriculum consists of some 60 formulations of iai movements/techniques (kata); duel practice with both partners using wooden swords (bokuto) or iai swords (iaito); or duel practice with one partner using a longsword and another using a short sword. The RSR practice is based on and still reflects, the ways of swordsmanship that were developed several hundred years ago. It is extremely difficult to pass on these skills accurately since much time has gone by, but the RSR maintains the essence of the old style - as it was wielded by those who fought with swords in the times of war and revolution.
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