Toyama Ryu, originally was a sub-system of sword drawing techniques created for the officers of the Japanese Imperial Army. Later on standardized (1925) and taught as a seperate RyuHa. These seven standardized (seitei) forms evolved over the years.Three major lineage of Toyama Ryu (Gunto Soho- Way of the military sword) were taught independently; Morinaga style, Yamaguchi style and Nakamura style. Nakamura Taizaburo was one of Obata Kaiso's main sword instructors.The original seven kata were called Gunto Soho. They contained small number of diagonal cuts (Kesa/naname giri) and longer enbusen. An eight kata was added to Toyama ryu Battojutsu (drawing techniques) plus more diagonal cuts. The name Battodo was adapted later and the number of steps were reduced in the Battodo kata. The name changes had some political reasons as well. Toyama Ryu Jokyu (advanced) kata were created by Obata sensei, and contain principles of "makuri"(ex.continuous diagonal cuts), Kaeshi (cutting in opposite direcion), and nagashi(flowing from one type of cut to another without stopping).Originally posted by arnisador
Can you explain these terms for us?