Learn the Japanese art of the sword.

Nakamura Ryu Batto-Do.

Batto, like iai, is a 'drawing sword' art that begins and ends with the sword in the saya.

Nakamura Ryu grew from basic swordsmanship for military officers taught at the Toyama Military Academy in the late 1920's, although it has deep roots in several koryu, or older styles.

Students learn basic sword techniques, one- and two-person forms, and cutting. There is no sparring. Emphasis is on focus and control, effective technique, and spirit.

We are guided by Dave Drawdy sensei, Rokudan Renshi, Nakamura Ryu Batto-Do, on behalf of the International Batto-Do Federation.

Dave Began sword training while stationed in Japan with the U.S. Army, 1997-2000. He trained under Onozaki Mitsuo in Eishin Ryu, and under Nakamura Taizaburo in Nakamura Ryu with the Kakuseikai. With permission from the Kakuseikai, he started teaching Nakamura Ryu near Washington D.C. USA in 2002 and is a director of Capital Area Budokai (Non-profit).


When: Tuesday 19:00 to 20:30 and Saturday 14:00 to 15:00.

Where: Lyttelton, Centurion (Please email for address and directions)

How Much: R200 per month.

What to wear: Any loose fiting tracksuit pants and a tee-shirt, or if you have one, a Judo-Gi.


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