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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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Japanese Antiquities expert discusses the intricacies of the samurai aesthetic, nihonto and armour

Posted by on Nov 23, 2014 in Events, In the News | 0 comments

Japanese Antiquities expert discusses the intricacies of the samurai aesthetic, nihonto and armour for an online auction of Japanese items...

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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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Collected Japanese sword-related sayings from Markus Sesko

Posted by on Jul 19, 2014 in Culture | 0 comments

Markus Sesko is a well known specialist translator of Japanese texts, author, blogger and nihonto expert. He’s just posted the...

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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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Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

credit: National Diet Library, Japan

Images of oldest existing manuscript on swords and swordsmiths in Japan, and more

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Featured, History | 0 comments

I’m very pleased to post this rarely-mentioned find, of interest to those who study the Japanese martial arts or nihonto:  online...

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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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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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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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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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