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Nakamura Ryu Battodo

Japanese Sword Martial Arts

As part of the Capital Area Budokai, the Virginia Kenkonkai  trains in the Japanese sword martial arts of Nakamura Ryu Battodo, and Toyama Ryu Iaido under Dave Drawdy sensei.

Nakamura Taizaburo
Nakamura Taizaburo

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. Students may occasionally be exposed to other sword arts, either by visiting instructors or through voluntary participation in seminars or competitions.

We are a full member branch of the International Batto-Do Federation, and train whenever possible with the Kakuseikai , hombu dojo of Nakamura Ryu Happogiri Toho.

We are available for seminars, demonstrations, community and cultural events.

For more information on studying battodo, please contact Dave Drawdy at