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Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

credit: National Diet Library, Japan

Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

I’m very pleased to post this rarely-mentioned find, of interest to those who study the Japanese martial arts or nihonto:  online...

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Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Illustration via Wikipedia Commons

Cutting bodies: Illustrations from period Japanese manuals on tameshigiri and suemonogiri

Posted by on Jun 24, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

The origins of modern test cutting descend from a much more violent era.  Modern tameshigiri is defined as the testing of the skill of the...

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Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

photo from Chinese Military Museum, Bejing

Traditional Chinese hilt grip-wrapping – practical hilt rewrapping

Posted by on Jun 20, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

In the modern art of practical cutting, one certainty is that — eventually — your hilt wrapping will wear out and need to be...

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The Medieval Wounded Man: Common wound locations and treatment

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History | 0 comments

Wound treatment was a serious consideration for medieval doctors.  Battlefield injuries, town violence and natural accidents could inflict...

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Fact-checking fight-books: comparing historic injury patterns to strikes in modern European sword arts

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Featured, History, Weapon Analysis | 1 comment

Are practitioners of modern Western (European or Renaissance) martial arts actually replicating combat as it was practiced hundreds of...

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Qing dynasty sabres – Exceptional weapons for Chinese soldiers

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Weapons | 1 comment

The Qing dynasty of China, sometimes called the Manchu dynasty,  lasted from 1644 to 1912.  During this period the long, single-edged and...

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Cord, rope and combat

Photo via Wikipedia

Cord, rope and combat

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

The use of rope or cord on the battlefield is most often thought of in terms of  lanyards (to tie your weapon to your hand or belt),...

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Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

photo by Kevin Harber

Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Spears are the universal weapon, and one of the earliest tools mankind invented.   From a whittled, fire-hardened tree branch to...

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UK Royal Armouries YouTube series: “Behind the scenes at the Royal Armouries”

Posted by on May 23, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

While conducting research for a number of upcoming articles, I ran across the Royal Armouries’ video YouTube channel. While they...

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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

Open source public domain photo

Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

Just for a bit of historical comic relief:  A Japanese man-cave, photograph from the 1890’s.

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