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Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu Hyoho & Nakamura-Ryu Happogiri Toho Seminar
with Mr. Paul Manogue and Mr. Dave Drawdy

Japanese Sword Seminar: Classical meets Modern

The Martial Arts & Fitness Center proudly presents a double seminar exploring classical and modern Japanese sword styles.

Instructor: Mr. Paul Manogue of the Yamato Yagyu Kai

Yagyu Shinkage-Ryu Hyoho is a koryu (classical martial system) and a hyoho (strategic system). Practice focuses on the long sword, while more advanced practitioners also practice the wakizashi (short sword), tessen (steel fan) and muto (open-hand disarming techniques). As with other koryu, Yagyu Shin Kage Ryu focuses primarily on preserving and transmitting a martial system hundreds of years old. It seeks to preserve historical, living martial traditions handed down from teacher to student for more than 400 years.

Instructor: Mr. Dave Drawdy of the Nakamura-Ryu Happogiri Toho

Nakamura Ryu Batto-do is a gendai (modern) art, founded in 1953 by Nakamura Taizaburo-sensei. A graduate of the Toyama Military Academy, he became a master instructor of Gunto Toho, which was a system of army-sword techniques developed in part by Nakayama Hakudo-sensei and taught at the academy in the 1930's and '40's. After the war, Nakamura-sensei and two other instructors from the Toyama Academy developed Toyama-Ryu Batto-do. Each founder later went on to further develop his own variation of this system. Emphasis is on effective technique and 'sword spirit'. Standing forms are employed exclusively. Tameshigiri is a regular part of practice.

DATE: Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

TIME: 10:00am till 5:00pm

WHERE: The Martial Arts & Fitness Center, 400 E. King Street, Malvern, PA 19355

COST: $80 Non-members, $50 for members of the Yamato Yagyu Kai and the Capital Area Budokai.

Enrollment is limited and reservations are REQUIRED!

There will be no videotaping of this event without express permission from the instructors. Please contact The Martial Arts & Fitness Center with any questions.