Monday, 10 October 2011

Funday Monday! Series #2 The Legend of Gan-Ryu begins...

The Legend of Gan-Ryu begins...

It was an autumn day such as this one, many years ago, when we started that one fateful journey into the far reaches of Japan. Over rivers, under rainforest and through volcanoes we traveled to prove (or disprove) the existence of an ancient samurai-god-wizard-ghost person. The one called "GAN".

What would we find?
Armed with knowledge of the International Kendo Federation's Seitei Iaido, we made our first incursion into his territory; only to be thwarted with every move! 

Only a portion of our footage was recoved that day. We thought we were ready. We thought with such thunderous techniques as Tsuka-Ate, Morote-Tsuki, and Soete-Tsuki, that there was no chance of failure. How wrong we were:

Seitei kata Tsuka-Ate describes:

Two people, one in front and the other at the back intend to attack you. Thrust the pommel of your sword into the front opponent. Then draw and stab the rear opponent. While turning back to the front perform kirioroshi to finish the first opponent.
Seitei kata Morote-Tsuki describes:
While walking, two people in the front and one behind intend to attack you. Forestall the front opponent with a draw cut and follow with a two handed thrust. Turn and perform kirioroshi to dispatch the rear opponent, then turn back and do the same with the third opponent in front.
Seitei kata Soete-Tsuki describes:
A person suddenly attacks from your left. Turn, draw and cut diagonally from shoulder to hip, then finish with a thrust to the abdomen.
We trained even harder after this defeat. This embarassment will not stand! A year later, we would return. Armed with Eishin-Ryu (Chuden set) of Muso Jikiden Eishin Ryu, we again tested our fate. Surely things would be different....Surely...

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