How Much Do You Know About Shuriken?

Shuriken Not much documentation is available concerning Shuriken because it was a secretive art. The skill of throwing employed independent exponents. Its integration with other weapons might have caused some confusion as well. Moreover, instructions by main schools were heavily engrossed into deception. Hence, only information from scrolls, trusted students, and commoners appeared. These commoners […]

Hawatari, the Length of a Sword Blade

The Length of a Sword Blade Sword blades come in different lengths which we call Hawatari. But aside from Hawatari, there are several things to consider when choosing a sword. More so in training and actual fight, the weapon has a lot to say. First in the list is the material composition. A swordsman examines […]

The Battle Suit of the Samurai

Samurai Armor Here we are going to talk about the Samurai battle suit or armor. What was it like? Is it heavy? Why do some helmets have horns? Or did it mean something else? When we think about Samurai history, the Katana sword always comes to mind. Before you’ve seen a movie or two, could […]

The Japanese Martial Art That Uses Bamboo Swords

Kendo Most martial arts originated in Japan, but many of them did not rely on weapons. Meanwhile, there were those that are designed to be done with swords. These ascended from Kenjutsu. Hence, it essentially covered all Japanese sword martial arts. One of these subsets was Kendo. It was different from all the others. Particularly, […]

Is there a difference between Kabukimono and Ronin?

Kabukimono and Ronin What is Kabukimono? What is Ronin? Japanese people are ethnic groups that are native to Japan. They are one of the largest ethnic groups – approximately 129 million people worldwide. Japanese people are divided into different kinds and groups of people. It is also with their various roles and different ways of […]

The Daisho: The Samurai’s Swords

The Daisho Do you know the importance of Daisho? The Samurai wore the Katana as their life swords. That is true. But what most didn’t know is that Samurai don’t just have one sword with them. There would either be two or sometimes three swords. Daisho is the set of swords that these warriors wield. […]

The Different Martial Arts designated on Each Weapon

Different Martial Arts After a long period of war, a mysterious martial art called Ninjutsu came. At first, the technique aims to teach the warriors to defend themselves. Years passed by, it evolved as an aggressive approach to kill the warriors’ enemies. After Ninjutsu, other techniques were formed: the Aikido, Judo, Jujutsu, and Karate and […]

Sori, the Curvature of the Japanese Sword Blade

Sori In swords, there is one feature of the shape that is very significant. It is the curvature of the blade. Swordsmiths refer to this as the Sori. What basically is this Sori and what can it do with the sword? More importantly, how does it aid in the actual fight? We know that the […]

Tachi, the Sword That Preceded the Katana

The Tachi Sword Tachi emerged even before the Katana did. More importantly, it provided the basis for the invention and development of the Katana. Therefore, without this sword, there would not have been Katana. Suppose one asks, “What is the best Japanese sword?” Without much thinking, one can mention Katana right away. It is the […]