to Oct 21

2018 Batto Camp

Some pictures from the 2018 NY-area Batto Camp! Huge thanks to Tim Clear for hosting and to all the instructors who shared their wisdom! A bunch of dojos came out to join the fun:

- Byakkokan
- Genbukan
- Mountain Stream Budo
- Battodo of Monmouth County
- Brooklyn Battodo

(pictures courtesy of Anthony Deen)

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to Feb 25

USFBD Seminar at Brooklyn Battodo


John Matthews Sensei (4th dan USFBD, 4th dan ZNTIR, 4th dan ZNBDR, 1st dan Seizankai, 7th dan Yoshukai karate, dojo cho of The Bamboo Dojo) will be visiting from Florida to conduct a two-day seminar in battodo, the art of drawing the sword and striking in one motion. 

The curriculum will include the Shoden and Chuden sets of the Federation's seitei kata, as well as tameshigiri. There will be testing for dan rank in USFBD. All styles, all levels of experience are welcome.

Saturday the 24th, class starts at 4pm.
Sunday the 25th, class starts at noon.

Our first seminar of the year was hosted by Brooklyn Battodo with guest instructor John Matthews Sensei!

Congratulations to Lindai Loutun for passing Nidan and Tristan Żukowski, David Ahn, Michael Shane, Anthony Deen, and Nelson Pecora for passing Shodan!

Photos by Gordon Eriksen

We also debuted our new membership cards! They'll be sent out shortly to dojo cho who weren't able to make it to the seminar.

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4:00 PM16:00

USFBD Seminar at Genbukan Dojo

Get ready for this fall's seminar at Genbukan Dojo, which will include instruction by the following:

  • Tom Smyth sensei (Seibukan Dojo | Palm Bay, FL)
  • Sang Kim sensei (Byakkokan Dojo | New York, NY)
  • Douglas Firestone sensei (Genbukan Dojo | White Plains, NY)

There will be classes and testing for those who qualify. Please register here by October 3: http://goo.gl/A1ivBp (A facebook RSVP does *not* count as registration.)

Registration starts at 9, classes start right at 10.


Pictures from White Plans seminar taught by Sang Kim sensei and Douglas Firestone sensei. Shinsa was also performed at this event. There were several participants, but congratulations to who did passed!

Rob Raimondi : Shodan
Moto Kurihara : Shodan
Lian Yu: Shodan
Kevin Raz : Sandan

For those who didn't, keep your head up! Next time.

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to Aug 29

East Coast Tai Kai

A reminder that registration is open for the 2015 East Coast Tai Kai. Dates are August 27, 28, & 29, 2015 in Melbourne, Florida. This event is sanctioned by the USFBD, which means your dues help make it possible. But, we need more than just passive support; we need your attendance to really make this event a success. Here is why you should make the scene:

This is the premier Federation event this year with unparalleled training opportunities. Hataya Sensei and Sakaida Sensei are coming in from Japan to teach, and our list of American instructors includes Bob Elder Sensei, Carl McClafferty Sensei, Carl Long Sensei, Dave Drawdy Sensei, and Pete Campbell Sensei. Two days of seminars gives you access to kata and cutting instruction you just can't get anywhere else.

These are some of the most down-to-earth, genuine people you'll ever run across. Having a drink with and listening to them talk swords is well worth the effort and expense of your attendance.

Here's the rundown: two days of seminars; shinsa (dan rank testing) for three organizations - USFBD, ZNTIR, and ZNBDR, the Tai Kai on Saturday, and boisterous carousing whenever possible. The hotel is on the beach, the venue is just across the street, Disney and other Orlando attractions are about an hour away.

No need to wait: Click over to www.eastcoasttaikai.com and get yourself registered.

East Coast Tai Kai was a great success! Thank you to Tom Smyth sensei and the members who helped put this together. Thank you to the guest instructors who came from all over the United States. The U.S. Battodo Federation was happy to be the main sponsor and supporter for such a great event.

Great memories were made from this event!

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8:00 PM20:00

East Coast Tai Kai

The Federation sponsored Tai Kai in the Tr-State area was on this date in 2013 with the efforts of the Genbukan and Bykakkokan dojos. The event brought together teachers and practitioners from Japan, Hong Kong, and the well known leads for other ryuha around the US. They were open to sharing their knowledge with practitioners regardless of style. For the tournament, there was quite the group of people from different parts of the US competing and quite the memories were made.

The seminar and tournament were the first of its kind in the Tr-State area and we will be planning another in the Tri-State area again in the future. Thank you to Mike Femal sensei of Konjaku Kioi Dojo for letting us use his pictures!

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