Hi, welcome to the site. My name is Sang Kim. I am the current president of the US Federation of Battodo.
I’ve inherited this position from Bob Elder sensei, who is the Founder and first President of the US Federation of Battodo. However I believe I’ve also inherited the position from the many members who have sacrificed their time and effort into making this Federation possible and I want to make sure that I do my best to honor that effort.
The main philosophy behind the Federation is to provide a common ground to train with other groups while maintaining an open mind about each style. Elder sensei describes this in more detail in his statement, so I'll just say that I try my best to live by this philosophy. It is not just about learning new techniques, but about helping to support the various sword groups throughout the US. I feel like swordsmanship has helped me grow as a person not because of the techniques but through the people that I have met through the years.
I hope that if you’re a member of the Federation already, I hope that you will keep working to grow and help your fellow swordsman and you have the same opportunities that I have had to train with some of the great teachers in the sword arts today as well make some new friends along the way. If you’re not a member, then I encourage you to make a step towards finding a new idea for training and a good time.
Thank you for all your time and effort.