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

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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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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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Cord, rope and combat

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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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Japanese man-cave, circa 1890’s

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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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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

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Unusual religious symbolism and early Medieval European weapons

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Weapons in every culture have been inscribed with religious and other symbols as marks of prestige, to show the faith of the bearer, or to...

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European vs Japanese swordsmen:  Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

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European vs Japanese swordsmen: Historical encounters in the 16th-19th centuries

Posted by on May 7, 2014 in Culture, Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

There’s a popular, long-standing debate on the Internet as to which kind of  sword is better, or at least which would win out over...

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

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The debate on Japanese swordsmanship based on skeletal trauma

Posted by on Apr 25, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, History | 0 comments

How did medieval Japanese warriors (bushi) fight and act on the battlefield during the classic 14th century Kamakura period?  What were...

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Newsreel footage of Wilkinson sword manufacture 1946-65

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Newsreel footage of Wilkinson sword manufacture 1946-65

Posted by on Apr 19, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

From British Pathé (formerly known as Pathé News), here are several newsreels on Wilkinson sword manufacturing.  The first is a short...

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Epee duels in modern France:  1911 through 1958 – on film

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Epee duels in modern France: 1911 through 1958 – on film

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Featured, History, Videos | 0 comments

Who would have thought that the art of the duel survived so far into modern day France?  As dueling was illegal at this period, these were...

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