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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Katana in the Era of Peace

Katana in the Era of Peace The Katana in the era of peace is a valuable symbol for a Samurai’s identity. It is the ‘Soul of the Samurai.’ The Samurai in the military class obtains his value through the Katana. Prior to the era of peace, The Katana sword was mainly used for battles, together […]

The Imperial Conquest: Siege of Chihaya

The Imperial Conquest The Chihaya is one of the battles during the Genko War. This occurred in the year 1333, which is the final year of the Kamakura period. This is the time when the Hojo clan Shogunate reigns. They are sent into exile by Emperor Go-Daigo after learning his plans. The Emperor’s scheme is […]

Who Were the First Samurai Warriors?

First Samurai Warriors The first Samurai warriors began to rise at 646 A.D. after the Taika reform, which included land reallocation. In this period, authorities implementing expensive taxes and obliging small farmers to sell their own land are usual. As a result, farmers have to work as tenants in their land. Over time, the large […]