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New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Posted by on Jul 6, 2014 in Culture, History | Comments Off on New history of tameshigiri by Markus Sesko now available!

Markus Sesko is a well-known specialist author and translator of Japanese texts, with a personal focus on nihonto (Japanese swords) and...

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Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Culture, Featured | Comments Off on Free Chinese Sword classics via Brennan Translation

Presented with thanks to Sifu Scott Rodell, via his Tumblr blog Steel and Cotton Over the last few years, a wonderful resource for a...

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East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

photo by Rick Gordon

East meets West: test-cutting resources for all

Posted by on Feb 8, 2014 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Reviews | 0 comments

I’ve had a number of people ask me for suggestions for books or other resources on “how to do” tameshigiri /...

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Thoughts on cutting patterns

photo by Keith Putnam

Thoughts on cutting patterns

Posted by on Dec 10, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured, Video Slider, Videos | 0 comments

When a student first learns cutting in their particular art, they focus solely on making proper single cuts, using appropriate...

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Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

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Tameshigiri safety and etiquette

Posted by on Nov 25, 2013 in Cutting Arts, Featured | 0 comments

Rules for conducting a safe test cutting exercise vary widely between different schools and styles. Some provide extensive lists of rules...

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