The following clips of koryu were taken by Mr.Russ Ebert & myself at the Nagoya Castle Kobudo Enbutaikai held on Friday 5th of May, 2006. Some of the clips will be hosted on youtube.com for a limited amount of time. Some of the ryuha showcased were Owari Kan-ryu sojutsu, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu kenjutsu, Yakumaru (nodachi) Jigen-ryu, Tendo-ryu naginata, Hoten-ryu bujutsu among others. We'll start off with Yakumaru Jigen-ryu, who specialize in the use of the Nodachi. The first clip shows them doing Yokogi Uchi (Very different characteristically from mainline Jigen-ryu which use tategi, but the training principle is the same - To build fitness, precision in cutting, aggression and ki.) (N.B. You might think the shrill screaming and repeated bashing of sticks to be comical or nonsensical, but imagine if it were an angry Satsuma (Modern day Kagoshima Prefecture) warrior in full berserker rage trying to cleave you down the middle. You'll soon see what I mean. ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5dAUfTQjSw&search=Mekugi Next, some basic iaijutsu for the Odachi/Nodachi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vvNm3sQwcv8&search=Mekugi And lastly, they performed nodachi tai yari kata. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m3LHFuY3J8&search=Mekugi Enjoy.