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 Warrior Classes of Feudal Japan

Warriors of Feudal Japan Feudal Japan remembered as the era of the Samurai, yet it also had its fair share of Warriors who were not considered Samurai. There were varied types off Warrior during Japan history, each warrior with their own characteristics . Here are some of the Warrior Classes during Feudal Japan: Number one: […]

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 […]

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 […]

Battle of Nagashino: The Fall of Takeda

Battle of Nagashino The Battle of Nagashino took place on June 28, 1575, in Nagashino castle located in Shitarabara, province of Mikawa between Oda and Tokugawa and the Takeda clan. Takeda Katsuyori, the leader of Takeda clan, known for his strong cavalry forces, aimed to capture the Nagashino castle. Oda Nobunaga, on the other hand, […]

Overview of the Japanese Samurai Throughout History: Principles, Weapons, Battles and Aftermath

Overview of the Japanese Samurai The Japanese Samurai, members of the country’s most powerful and prominent military caste, were originally provincial warriors. This was before they rose to power during the 12th century. It was also the beginning of the country’s first military dictatorship, the Shogunate. As servants under the Daimyo, these warriors backed up […]