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Smithsonian’s short video on the Samurai culture of taking of heads

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Culture, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

The Smithsonian has released a short video on the samurai tradition of collecting the heads of defeated enemies.  In the main, historians...

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

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Hidden dangers: inspecting swords for flaws in practical cutting

Posted by on Mar 23, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Most cutting groups have a standard safety inspection of blades prior to the actual start of cutting. Swords are inspected by the owner or...

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First Kendo video ever made: 1897

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First Kendo video ever made: 1897

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Presented as a historical curiosity, this is the earliest known video of kendo practitioners.  It’s obvious the event was heavily...

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Bringing a cutting edge back to life

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Many people have been asking for information on polishing, sharpening (or otherwise re-edging) a sword used in modern test-cutting...

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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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Let Fly!  A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

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Let Fly! A debate on the effectiveness of the English longbow

Posted by on Feb 19, 2014 in Featured, Video Slider, Videos, Weapons | 0 comments

Over the last ten years, there has been a great debate in historian circles as to whether the English longbow was as effective a weapon of...

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

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Aratameshi: Testing blades to destruction

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Featured, History, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

In proving the ability or superiority of their blades, smiths and swords owners of the late Tokugawa era (known as the Bakumatsu Period)...

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

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Test-cutting clay: the Cossack experience

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Among the target mediums which are listed for used in test-cutting is, oddly enough, clay.  Various researchers have delved into European...

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

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The Honourable Second: Forensic evidence of medieval kaishaku in seppuku

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Featured, Forensic Analysis, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Within the practice of modern iaido and other Japanese sword arts, there remain katas which echo a solemn duty any samurai could be called...

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Cutting from the ground up

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Cutting from the ground up

Posted by on Jan 31, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Performing test-cutting starting from a low ground position, such as one-knee-up or a kneeling posture. This is a somewhat usual form of...

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