Resume

Master Godai Katsunaga

Barony of Bright Hills

Kingdom of Atlantia

Final

Sable, a pheon inverted within a mascle argent

My Persona is of a Samurai from late period Japan in the year 1572, an archer in the army of his lordship Shimazu Yoshihisa, the Lord of Satsuma and Osumi provinces.  I strive to be a Samurai in the SCA by the ideal of the cultivated warrior.  I practice the values of honor, loyalty and selfless service.

 

 

Society, Kingdom and Baronial Awards and Honors

  • Companion of Job, Bright Hills, 5/2009
  • Companion of the Kings Missilier, Atlantia, 5/2009
  • Companion of the Augean Stables, Bright Hills, 10/2010
  • Companion of the Yewbow, Atlantia, 11/2010
  • Companion of the Golden Shell, Bright Hills, 2/2011
  • Companion of the Augean Stables, Bright Hills, 10/2011
  • Archery Champion of Bright Hills 2011
  • Companion of the Augean Stables, Bright Hills, 8/2012
  • Known World Poet, Pennsic XLI
  • Companion of the Pearl,  Atlantia, 2/2013
  • Companion of the Silver Scroll, Bright Hills, 2/2013
  • Archery Champion, Vladimir II and Kalisa II
  • Archery Champion, Queen Lynette
  • Companion of Silberberg, Bright Hills, 10/2013
  • Companion of the Opal, Atlantia, 02/2014
  • Queen Lynette’s Undine, Atlantia, 04/2014
  • Golden Dolphin, Atlantia, 11/2014
  • Northern Light, Bright Hills, 2/2015
  • Shell and Crescent, Bright Hills, 2/2016
  • Augmentation to Arms, Supporters, Atlantia 4/2017
  • Order of Saint Aidan, Atlantia, 8/2017
  • Master of the Laurel, Atlantia, 9/2017

 

Other Honors

  • Twice represented Rose’s on the archery field at the Golden Rose Tournament
  • Fellows for the Kingdom of Atlantia University
  • Received the Queens favor from Padraigin III
  • Received the King’s coin at Pennsic XLII
  • Emergency DEM for Combat Archery (Atlantia 2011-13)
  • Baronial Target Archery Marshal (Bright Hills 2009-13)
  • Bachelors of Arts from University of Atlantia
  • Member of the Atlantian Army that was awarded the Dragons Teeth by HRM Midrealm
  • Masters of Arts from the University of Atlantia
  • Member of the Combat Archers and Siege awarded the Vexillum Atlantiae at Pennsic 46.

 

Archery

  • Currently highest ranked Period Archer in Atlantia, Bowman Elite
  • Ymir Flight Shoot 2016, Period Champion, 222 yards
  • Ymir Flight Shoot 2017, Period Champion, 245 yards
  • IKAC 2010, 20th in Known World with Period Bow
  • IKAC 2011, 5th in Known World with Period Bow
  • IKAC 2012, 6th in Known World with Period Bow
  • IKAC 2013, 9th in Known World with Period Bow
  • IKAC 2015, 4th in Known World with Period Bow
  • IKAC 2016, 4th in Known World with Period Bow

 

Current positions within the Society, Kingdom and Barony

  • Target Archery Marshal (Atlantia)
  • Combat Archery Marshal (Atlantia and Pennsic 39-43, 45-46)
  • Deputy Earl Marshal for Combat Archery (Atlantia) 2013-2017
    • Revised CA101 course.
    • Number of CA marshals working at Pennsic has doubled.
    • The number of bows/crossbows inspected at Pennsic has increased from 27 to 62, which indicates that our archer community has grown.
  • Principal, Order of the Yew Bow (Atlantia) 2013-present
    • Order of the Yew Bow Treaty approved

 

Events Marshaled 

  • Highland River Melee’s at Highland Forde, Combat Archery Marshal, 06/11
  • TnT at Bright Hills, Target Archery Marshal, 10/11
  • Highland River Melee’s at Highland Forde, Target Archery Marshal, 06/12
  • Assessment at Black Diamond, Combat Archery Marshal, 6/12
  • Trial by Fire at Bright Hills, Target Archery Marshal, 09/12
  • Defending the Gate at Sudentorre, Combat Archery Marshal, 03/13
  • St. Sebastian’s Populace Shoot, Pennsic XLII, Marshal in Charge, 07/13
  • Defending the Gate at Sudentorre, Combat Archery Marshal, 03/14
  • Bright Hills Investiture, MIC, 04/14
  • Highland River Melee’s at Highland Forde, Combat Archery Marshal, 6/14
  • King’s Assessment, Combat Archery Marshal, 7/14
  • Highland River Melee at Highland Forde, Target Archery Marshal, 6/15
  • Harvest Wars at Bright Hills, Target Archery Marshal, 10/15
  • Defending the Gate at Canton of Sudentorre, Combat Archery Marshal, 3/16
  • Battle on the Bay, Combat Archery Marshal, 9/16

 

Martial activities

  • Target Archery
  • Authorized for Combat Archery
  • Authorized for Spear
  • Authorized for Great Sword

 

Arts and Science

First and foremost, I am a period archer, but I am also interested in everyday aspects of a samurai’s life in 1570 Japan. Current projects and research include:

  • Shooting a Japanese longbow (Yumi) for target archery
  • Fletching arrows for target archery
  • Researched “History of Japanese Archery”
  • Researched and made period Japanese Arrows
  • Conducted Armor penetration experiments with Japanese arrows
  • Researched “Samurai – the Training and Leisure Times”
  • Researched and continue to write Hokku poetry
  • Researched and continue to do Sumi-e or ink drawings
  • Researched and carve Japanese Hanko or name stamps
  • Playing the shakuhachi or Japanese flute
  • Researching and practicing Ikebana or flower arrangements
  • Researched and made a Toko or arrow toss game
  • Researched the science/physics aspects of archery
  • Building a Japanese war quiver or Ebira
  • Researched Agriculture in the Late Medieval Period in Japan
  • Researched historical Japanese archery in texts

 

Teaching

I have taught the following classes at Universities:

  • Target Archery 101, 03/11
  • History of Japanese Archery, 03/11
  • Samurai – the Training and Leisure times, 10/11
  • Japanese arrows and arrow heads, 10/11
  • Combat Archery 101, 03/12
  • Making Combat Arrow and bolts, 03/12
  • Combat Archery for Beginners, 06/12
  • Japanese Hokku Poetry, 06/13
  • Combat Archery 101, 06/13,
  • The Science of Archery, 06/13
  • Combat Archery 101, 02/14
  • Combat Archery for Beginners, 02/14
  • Making Combat Arrow and bolts, 02/14
  • Combat Archery 101, 06/14
  • Writing Japanese Hokku poetry, 06/14
  • Combat Archery 101, 02/15
  • History of Japanese Archery, 09/15
  • Practical Japanese Archery, 09/15
  • Combined Arms, Fighters guide to working with Combat Archery, 09/15
  • Practical Japanese Archery, Pennsic 45, 08/16
  • Combat Archery 101, 09/16
  • Making combat arrows and bolts, 09/16
  • History of Japanese Archery, 09/16
  • Combat Archery 101, 09/17
  • Science of Archery, 9/17

 

Publications

Yumi and Ya: A Brief Survey of Japanese Archery in the Quivers and Quarrels, Fall 2013, Volume 1 issues 3  Fall 2013 edition-final

Untitled, poem in Across the Way: Countryside, July 2014,  published by Eber and Wein, PA

Japanese Poetry, The Hokku; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills Monthly news letter, November 2015

The Science of Archery; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills Monthly news letter, December 2015

Agriculture in Japan during the late Medieval period; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills Monthly news letter, January 2016

Haiku – A Japanese Poetry Form; The Yeoman, Barony of Bright Hills Monthly news letter, July 2016