Sifu, Sensei, Sabom-Nim – What’s The One Thing That Unites Them?

From the very beginning of their existence, martial arts knowledge and techniques have been transmitted from  masters to pupils. In this way, masters were able to prevent martial arts knowledge and values from fading away with time. And thanks to them, nowadays we still have disciplines that have survived even for centuries. In every single country, Masters are known by […]

10 distinctive features of the Japanese education system that made this nation the envy of the world

Japanese people are known for their intelligence, strong health, politeness, and wellness. But why is this nation so unique and different from the rest of the world? Because they have an incredibly cool education system! Manners before knowledge. In Japanese schools, the students don’t take any exams until they reach grade four (the age of 10). They just take small tests. […]

Tamahagane (玉鋼)- The high quality metal (steel) made in the Japanese tradition.

Tamahagane (玉鋼) is a high quality metal (steel) made in the Japanese tradition. The word tama means “round and precious”, like a gem. The word hagane means “steel”. Tamahagane is used to make Japanese swords, knives, and other kinds of tools. Good tamahagane contains around 1% of carbon and should not go over 1.5%. Tamahagane […]

24 Badass Samurai From 19th Century That Make You Want To Be Like Them

Samurai were the military nobility and officer caste of medieval and early-modern Japan. These photos of cool Samurai from the 19th century that make you admire. Oda Nobuyoshi Sakuzaemon Yamanouchi Ōkuma Shigenobu Takasugi Shinsaku Matsudaira Yoshinaga Tadataka Mizuno Enomoto Takeaki Yamaoka Tesshū Ōkubo Toshimichi Fukuzawa Yukichi Chikaratsunemori Yokoyama Heikuro Shibusawa Hidetoshi Egawa Hijikata Toshizō Jojiro […]

Tanuki- The Japanese Raccoon Dog

The tanuki has a long history in Japanese legend and folklore. Bake-danuki are a kind of tanuki yōkai (ghost) found in the classics and in the folklore and legends of various places in Japan.   Although the tanuki is a real, extant animal, the bake-danuki that appears in literature has always been depicted as a […]

Sasumata-The Samurai Pole Weapon

The sasumata (刺股) (spear fork) is a pole weapon used by the samurai class and their retainers in feudal Japan. Although some sources place the origin of the sasumata in the Muromachi period, most sources discuss its use in the Edo period. In Edo period Japan the samurai were in charge of police operations. Various […]

黒澤浩樹 – Hiroki Kurosawa: A Samurai Has Left

Achievements 6th World Tournament 1995 (IKO-1) — 6th (Lost to Yamaki) 5th World Tournament 1991 — 3rd (Lost to Midori) 4th World Tournament 1987 — 6th (Lost to Thompson – inj.) 25th All Japan Tournament 1993 — 6th 17th All Japan Tournament 1985 — 2nd 16th All Japan Tournament 1984 — 1st 10th All Japan […]

History of Belts In Kyokushin Karate

Colored belts have their origin in Judo, as does the training ‘gi’, or more correctly in Japanese, ‘dōgi‘ or ‘Keikogi’. In Kyokushin the order of the belts varies in some breakaway groups, for example replacing orange with red, but they follow the kyu ranks for the most part. Contrary to popular belief, using colored belts […]


Samurai Gourmet, the new Japanese show now streaming on Netflix, is not about cooking. Unlike many of the platform’s successful foodie-friendly originals, such as the culinary artist-worshiping Chef’s Table, this isn’t a show where you learn about life in a kitchen. There’s no pressure on Samurai Gourmet. No ticking clock. No judges. No screaming Gordon Ramsay. […]