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Richard III Killed by Sword Thrust Upwards Into Neck

Posted by on Feb 13, 2015 in Forensic Analysis, In the News, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

via Discovery News King Richard III was killed by a sword thrust from the base of the neck all the way up into his head, according to...

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A quick look at Tenshinryu iaido, the quick-draw of a very long blade

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A quick look at Tenshinryu iaido, the quick-draw of a very long blade

Posted by on Jan 15, 2015 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Tenshinryu Hyouho (兵法, school of complete martial tactics, strategy) is listed as one of the koryu (historic and traditional) martial arts...

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

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Putting the curve in a katana via quenching

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos, Weapon Analysis | 0 comments

When looking at the graceful curve of a katana, many imagine the smith hammering on a  folded steel blank to create the final shape....

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Japan’s NHK-TV’s “Real Samurai” documentary on Katori Shinto Ryu

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Culture, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

A production of Japan’s NHK (Nippon Hoso Kyokai, or Japan Broadcasting Corporation), this roughly 45 minute documentary —...

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Iaido as a music video! No, really!

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in Culture, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Iaido as a music video! Video for Chamber from the upcoming album by Craggz &...

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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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Some thoughts on spears and cutting: the universal weapon

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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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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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More on opening Champagne with a sword

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More on opening Champagne with a sword

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Culture, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Yesterday I posted an interesting — and humorous — news piece on how to open a bottle of Champagne with a sword, known as...

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