Throughout Time – Unforgettable Battles of the Samurai

Greatest Battles of the Samurai Throughout history, many battles in Japan occurred. Here, Samurai warriors and warlords clashed for power and control. The Samurai dominated warfare in the country despite beginning as provincial warriors. Soon, they emerged and became part of Japan’s military caste. Like other historical periods, the Japanese experienced important battles that molded […]

Ninja Weapons – The Shinobi Arsenal

Ninja Weapons The spies of Feudal Japan, the Shinobi or Ninja, have their own collection of Ninja weapons. These warriors have mastered the skill of Ninjutsu – a classic Japanese art of stealth. The Shinobi uses this with a variety of Ninja weapons. Ninjutsu allowed the Shinobi to sneak and execute swift movements. These were […]

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 […]