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Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Admin | 0 comments

While performing research for articles as well as identifying links for our Training and Services Database and Virtual Resources areas,...

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Forensics of Kamakura battle remains 1333

Posted by on Dec 29, 2013 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Videos | 0 comments

In the Genkō War  (1331–1333), the forces of the Emperor Go-Daigo fought the Hōjō clan for control of the country.  The Hōjō were...

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Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

photo by Matthew

Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

Posted by on Dec 27, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Why do tameshigiri / test cutting?  I’ve heard many reasons given: “For fun” “It’s a challenge”...

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Myths and realities of Yadome – Arrow cutting

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, History, Videos | 0 comments

Few images in Japanese myth and storytelling are more dramatic than that of a bushi in combat, taking a stand before attacking archers,...

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Test cutting with rapier or thrusting blades

photo by Brent Flanders

Test cutting with rapier or thrusting blades

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider | 0 comments

A friend asked me if there was any information on the use of rapiers or other blades designed specifically as thrusting weapons.   With...

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Tameshigiri: Bamboo cutting – There’s an app for that

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Culture, Reviews | 0 comments

Who would have thought?  There’s a free Android game app called Tameshigiri – Bamboo Cutting (sorry iPhone folk).  ...

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A look at a dark past: forensic analysis of tameshigiri remains

Posted by on Dec 15, 2013 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

The history of tameshigiri in Japan wavers between the exhibition of skill in cutting straw or bamboo targets, to the proofing of blades...

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Tameshigiri at the movies

photo by Naoya Fujii

Tameshigiri at the movies

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There are very few movie productions which feature scenes of tameshigiri. From the film maker’s perspective, perhaps this is...

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New items added to the Training and Services database

Posted by on Dec 12, 2013 in Admin | 0 comments

We’ve started adding sword retailers for both Eastern and Western blades; sword “furniture” suppliers (including both...

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Thoughts on cutting patterns

photo by Keith Putnam

Thoughts on cutting patterns

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

When a student first learns cutting in their particular art, they focus solely on making proper single cuts, using appropriate...

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