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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

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Test-cutting with Eastern and Western polearms

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

Conducting tameshigiri with long polearms is another interesting exercise, and is practiced by many in the Eastern and Western martial...

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Among the target mediums which are listed for used in test-cutting is, oddly enough, clay.  Various researchers have delved into European...

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

I’ve had a number of people ask me for suggestions for books or other resources on “how to do” tameshigiri /...

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Cutting from the ground up

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Cutting from the ground up

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Performing test-cutting starting from a low ground position, such as one-knee-up or a kneeling posture. This is a somewhat usual form of...

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Deepening your technique: Cutting paper with wooden swords

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

A traditional training exercise used in both Japanese and Korean sword arts is the cutting of sheets of paper with wooden swords...

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Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

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Test Cutting with the Chakram – Sikh throwing disk

Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In Northern India there is a traditional armed martial art known as Shastar Vidiyā or Gatka (Knowledge of the Sword), one of a group of...

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Personal mottos and Ishi: Signposts on the road to development

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Personal mottos and Ishi: Signposts on the road to development

Posted by on Jan 15, 2014 in Culture, Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

In the Japanese martial arts, an ishi is a motto or saying a student selects to inspire them, to remind them of their goals in training,...

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Philosophy, purpose and meaning in test cutting

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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

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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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