Chanbara

Introduction:
Chanbara New England is an association formed for the Coaches and players of the new exciting padded weapons art of Chanbara. Chanbara is the so-called every day mans Kendo, now available to all walks of life worldwide.

Chanbara New England welcomes all schools in the New England region that are certified to become members of this elite group.

Each Chanbara team operates on their own in cities and towns all throughout the New England States. Dojos are called chapters of Chanbara New England and each goes by their city/state name, such as Fairfield Maine chapter located in northern Maine.

Chapters are able to run their own classes and also host tournaments in which all teams in New England may attend. All chapters will name co-captains for each City/town school traning team.

It is the hope that all chapters will come together and hold one special CHANBARA NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL EVENT IN THE COMING FUTURE.

Chanbara New England is a member of the USA Chanbara Federation, and associated with Shihan Dana Abbott the founder of Samurai Sports and International leader for Chanbara in the USA.

IT IS THE DESIRE OF ALL CHANBARA LEADERS TO SOMEDAY GATHER & HOST A NATIONAL EVENT. Chanbara New England plans on being a very big part of such a milestone and will form a regional team from all it's top members when that special time arrives!

Email us and be apart of the wave of Chanbara excitement making it's way across the country.


Welcome to Chanbara New England Home of the revolutionary new martial arts sport sweeping the world! For thousands of years man has flailed and slashed with weapons in order to protect themselves. In the early stages of development fighting tools (weapons), were very crude wood and stone like weapons. These slowly evolved into metal, thus the bronze age had begun. This age saw great advancments in bladed weapontry, especially in the mighty sword. Throughout the ancient world, the sword was one of mans most prized possessions.

In 1926 the school of Toyama put together a comprehensive training program that would change the sword forever. This system could be taught very quickly to the officers of the Japanese imperial army. In the 1970's japanese martial artists, and sword masters together created an of an offshoot of the above. Tanabe Tetsundo the new styles founder called this new school of weapontry Goshindo, later nicked Chanbara.

In the recent past there has been no easy, safe way to to fight with swords and weapons. Well not anymore! A new era in swordsmanship has begun. Through advances in technology action flex full contact weapons with their foam-like texture make weapons fighting safe and very realistic indeed. Not only is Chanbara fast, but heavy cumbersome equipment is not needed. Step right up into the future our friends, Chanbara ... THE RAVE OF THE NEW MILLENNIUM.


Tournaments:
Tournament Rules Overview: Chanbara tournaments are exciting and new! Divisions are set up by age, experiance and weapons. Matches are 3 points and grandchampionships are 5 points. All competitiors must wear official samurai sports headgear and use only action flex weapontry. Uniform standard - A full gi, or gi pants club t-shirt, or a hakama and gi bottoms. A competition always begins with Kihon Kata, a basic form that the entire world goes by. Young and old everyone does the same form. This is very neat and fun for the entire family.

How to score points: A valid stroke= 1 point. Each combatant should yell out, (kiai) the name for the area they are attacking. The 5 areas for scoring are:
1. Men - The head or face.
2. Kote - The wrist or arm.
3. Do - The chest or stomach.
4. Ashi - The leg.
5. Tsuki - The shoulders or neck.

Judging: The random strait is utilized for a complete bye system when pairing up matches. Chanbara uses 3 judges, one center ref and 2 corner judges. Each judge holds a red and white flag in their hands. Competitors bow in the ring and to the head referee. When a point is scored one should raise the flag for such a score matching the color of the fighter.

A same time hit = Auichi, thus each side scores a point.
3 points = victory. No tie breaking 3rd point can be scored via an auichi. So the score will remain 2-2.
Out of bounds = 1 warning, a second time out= a point for one's opponent. A dropped weapon does not stop the match. A fallen down player does not stop the match.
Poor sportsmanship = Disqualification.

Basic Divisions: Most tournaments use 3 weapon sections, short sword long sword double sword Of course a tournament director can open up a polearm, nunchuku, knife, or staff division if enough competitors are interested. TEAM TOURNAMENTS AND/OR DIVISIONS ARE OPTIONAL TOO. 5 person teams of any age and size can compete in two point matches, the team with the most points will win the overall team match.

Kids Divisions: 5 & under (Short sword only), 6-7 years old (short sword only), 8-9 years old ( long sword ok now), 10-11 years old (nito ryu, aka two swords ok now), 12-13, 14-15, 16-17.

Adult Divisions: 18-35, Senior Division 35 & Older. Of course these divisions are optional if the number of players is not enough for good competition, especailly in the early stages of it's newness!

Belt rank breakdown is:
Novice - White, yellow, blue, and orange.
Int - Green/brown.
Adv - Black Belts.

Grandchampionships: All finals are conducted with the competitor's weapon in which they won their division, so exciting mixed weapon matches are held to determine overall champions.

Enjoying Chanbara Tournaments: It is good to win, good to lose and good to watch chanbara matches. Good to wins means a winner looks great, not to mention he has heart and spirit. Good to lose means a loser looks good too, he has spirit and should be praised. Lastly good to watch means matches spectators and judges want to enjoy matches that they feel are worth watching, please all you fighters show the world good to watch matches with the above respect and attitude.


Certification:
Two-day Certification courses are now available in your area. Your invitation to host one of the most comprehensive martial arts courses in the country has arrived. This course will show the instructor and his/her assistants the correct and documented ways to teach Chanbara.

During the intense two-day course you will learn:

1. Kihon kata (basic forms with the weapons)
2. Striking sets
3. Blocking sets
4. Sparring techniques
5. Correct ways to handle the weapons such as swords, double swords, staves and pole-arms
6. Tournament rules and fighting, and
7. How to be a certified Chanbara judge at soon to come Chanbara events in your area.

By holding a two-day seminar/certifiaction clinic at your school, you can easily cut your own cost by inviting all your students and assistants to enjoy sport chanbara with you. For Chanbara is universal and all styles are welcome.


Weapons:
Tanto - knife
Kodachi - short sword
Choken - Long sword
Bo - satff
Yari - Spear
Naginata - halberd
Nunchucku
Nito Ryu - Double swords
Sword and shield
Spear and shield

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