The Craftsmen Responsible for the Japanese Sword

Japanese Sword Craftsmen Authentic weapons are like the craftsmen responsible for the Japanese sword. Globally known for their long tradition of excellent craftsmanship. For centuries, the Samurai’s honor, appeal, authority, and symbol has remained powerful. As for the Katana, it is revered for its effectiveness and tensile strength. Skilled craftsmen started the production of these […]

Tameshigiri Double Cut

Tameshigiri The most challenging cuts you will first learn are the double cuts. Yet this is where all the trick cuts start. It can be daunting, especially the speed of cuts, sudden directional changes, and needed accuracy. All these need to be demonstrated and may come off as impossible at first. Yet there are some […]

The Battle of Sekigahara: History’s Greatest Samurai Battle

The Battle of Sekigahara The Battle of Sekigahara was history’s greatest samurai battle. It was also the most vital and greatest battle at that time. It only lasted seven hours but deaths recorded went over 30,000. During the battle, the loyalist forces, despite their great numbers and superior formations, lost. The Battle of Sekigahara was […]

Dual Sword Wielding Training

Sword-Wielding Training Dual wielding means using two weapons one in each hand while engaging in combat. This combat style is not something that is common. Although there are historical records about dual wielding, these were still very much limited. Not only that, but many weapon-based martial arts make use of a pair of swords. The […]

Does Katana Curvature Add Performance Benefits

Benefits of Katana Curvature Usually, one would ask if the curvature of the Katana adds performance benefits. Generally, the Katana, Tachi, and all their variants have a single signature component. It is something that is distinct among other kinds of swords. All these have a beautiful curve whether it is subtle or pronounced. As an […]

Tameshigiri – Test Cutting History and Techniques

Tameshigiri History and Techniques Tameshigiri means test cutting, for the benefit of improving the swordsmen’s sense of Maai in Kendo, as well as their sword cutting skills. However, it does not develop progressive realistic targets and does not exist to show off strength. For the longest time, Tameshigiri has been practiced in Japan. This test […]

Buying a Shinken Sword

Shinken Sword As a collector or martial arts practitioner, buying a Shinken sword will be necessary. The Shinken is a term that translates to a real sword. It is a classic Japanese sword or featuring a forged, and functional blade. Because of this, the term is used in contrast with the Bokken, Shinai, or Iaito. […]

Kogarasu Maru – Double Edge Katana

The Kogarasu Maru The Kogarasu Maru – a double-edged Katana – is also called the Little Crow. It is a distinct Japanese Katana believed to have been crafted by Amakuni. Known as a legendary smith, it is said that Amakuni made Kogarasu Maru in the 8th century CE. The sword was also said to be […]