The Greatest Japanese Blacksmith

Greatest Blacksmiths in Japan History Japanese swords are known for their exceptional qualities, however most of it should be contributed to the great Japanese blacksmiths of all times. In this post we will cover some of the greatest blacksmith of Japan throughout time. Where does the strength of a katana come from? For some, it […]

The Origins of Hand-to-Hand Combat in Japan

Hand-to-Hand Combat When two or more people duel each other in a short range, They are more likely to fight with weapons like swords or daggers. In the absence of swords, some warriors use other Japanese weapons. Many martial arts and techniques have developed in Japan which teach how handle a battle empty-handed. There are […]

From Family Dispute to Civil War

The Onin War Who can tell that a dispute between a father and his son-in-law would eventually become a 12-year civil war? This war was known as the Onin War. Ōnin refers to the Japanese era spanning from March 1467 through April 1469. It occurred after Bunsho and before Bunmei. Bunsho marked the history from […]

The Legend of Masamune

The Legendary Blacksmith Masamune Masamune is one of the most renowned blacksmiths in medieval Japan for creating some of the most beautiful swords in history. During the 13th century there was a master swordsman who stood out from the rest. A blacksmith whose creations were so characteristic that he did not need to sign them, […]

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 […]

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 […]