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A comment on Tameshigiri.ca

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Culture, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

I’ve been asked why Tameshigiri.ca covers such a wide range of topics, from practical cutting (Eastern and Western) to history,...

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Interview with a Jigen Ryu attack sword instructor

Posted by on Jun 2, 2014 in Culture, Philosophy and Theory, Videos | 0 comments

“One cut, one kill… We have no defensive techniques. We don’t think about defending ourselves. We simply focus on...

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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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Why a sword feels right

photo by Brent Flanders

Why a sword feels right

Posted by on May 16, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

Many readers will have had the experience of shopping for modern, practical cutting swords, both replicas of ancient swords and modern...

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On engaging multiple opponents

photo credit Dave Bledsoe

On engaging multiple opponents

Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

This post was sparked by an article which appeared on the blog io9.com, Something Weird Happens When Three Master Fencers Battle Fifty...

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On realism and wound effects in test cutting

photo by Rick Gordon

On realism and wound effects in test cutting

Posted by on Apr 12, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Generally speaking, when tameshigiri practitioners — Eastern or Western — perform test cutting, their objective is to cleanly...

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Interview with Shozo Kato – Way of the Sword

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Philosophy and Theory, Video Slider | 0 comments

Shozo Kato Sensei, 8th Dan in Kyoshi Kendo and 7th Dan in Kyoshi Iaido, describes his view of the philosophy of his arts. Shozo Kato...

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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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Podcast: Philosophies of the Eastern and Western martial arts

Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 in Culture, Philosophy and Theory | 0 comments

An intriguing  podcast discussion between an Eastern martial arts expert and author and a practitioner of Western martial arts, on the...

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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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