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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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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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Senbongiri: One thousand cut record holders

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 0 comments

In lexicon of modern Japanese tameshigiri, senbongiri means “one thousand cuts” and refers to practitioners attempting to...

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I think every tameshigiri practitioner has felt this way

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

A nice illustration of concentration, focus, technique and execution… along with a little well deserved ebullience at the end....

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Test cutting with the German longsword

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

One of the most popular of the Western Martial Arts / Historical European Martial Arts weapons. studied by groups around the globe, is the...

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On blade sharpening

Posted by on Nov 29, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, History, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Practitioners of the art of cutting, no matter what their style, background, or type of blade they’re using, will eventually find...

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Cutting the flame from a candle

photo by The Ewan

Cutting the flame from a candle

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Many arts practice the specialty art of drawing and cutting with the blade as a single movement. These include the Japanese arts of Iaido...

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Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

photo by Alpha Geek

Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

Rules for conducting a safe test cutting exercise vary widely between different schools and styles. Some provide extensive lists of rules...

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Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

photo by Wendy James

Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Videos | 1 comment

The practice of test cutting isn’t limited to the Japanese arts. Shi zhan is the Mandarin word for “test cutting”, as...

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