The sword is silent as it leaves its scabbard in an expert draw. The only sound it makes is when it whistles as it cuts through the air. It might be the last sound you ever hear. (That’s Sang Kim sensei cutting. Pretty awesome, right?) Why study the sword? Tales of swords have entranced […]
Ninja also known as Ninjato is constructed shorter as compared to the katana swords. This type of swords consists of straight edged blade. Such swords have myth that they are not become to hire by a dedicated smith because of their shorter construction. There is a requirement of advancement and great skills so the Ninja […]
“Martial artists must possess humility and selflessly serve others…. Bushido devoid of this spirit of humility is nothing more than violence.” –
Hojōjutsu (捕縄術) is the traditional Japanese martial arts of tying up your opponent using the sageo of your sword or other himo. It has came to our attention that unfortunately, very little attention is given to this remarkable art. Though not common, Hojōjutsu is part of certain bujutsu koryū such as jujutsu school Takenouchi-ryū. Besides […]
The sword and the mythical origins of Japan are inextricably connected; one cannot tell the story of one without mentioning the other. To try to explain the importance of swords within Japanese culture one must inevitably start at the beginning. Japan’s oldest extant myth-histories, Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters, 712), and Nihon Shoki (Chronicles […]
From appearances on the big screen to glass-enclosed shrines in art museums, almost everyone today is familiar with the gleaming, curved blade of a majestic samurai sword. In the fierce world of weaponry, the samurai sword holds a place of honor as the pinnacle of craftsmanship, blending functionality and beauty to create something like a […]
Longsword enthusiasts are resurrecting ancient sword technique as a modern, organized sport, with timed bouts and complex rules.
Samurai were the only people allowed to carry two swords, a pair called the daisho, (the “long and short”) as a badge of their unique warrior status. These two weapons, the long katana and the shorter wakizashi, were worn together although rarely used as a pair of weapons in combat. Miyamoto Musashi, the sword-saint and […]