Category Archives: Martial arts

Guest Post! Pragmatism and Patience: The benefits of an open minded approach to Martial arts, by Bob Docherty

  Back when I was still young, in about 1975, I was a cocky young kid brought up on a council estate and trying to find my place in a world where as a ‘smaller than average person’, disputes with … Continue reading

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A Flawless Victory?

Samurai-do reviews Phil Trent’s book Flawless Deception. It is nothing short of laudable that Phil Trent has taken on such an in-depth exegesis of a subject that is all too often considered sacred and immune from criticism. Koryu martial artists … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Samurai Part 2…

We will now address the issues that we brought up in part 1, namely getting past all of that armour. Before we even begin there, however, we must acknowledge something: confronting a fully armed and armoured samurai is really, really, … Continue reading

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BAA Spring School 2016: A masterclass in Aikido technique and spirit!

The British Aikido Association’s 2016 spring school was once again a huge success. Aikidoka from across the country gathered at Winchester Judo and Martial Arts Club for the three day event, which covered everything from Daito-Ryu Aikijujutsu to self-defence, ultimately … Continue reading

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How to Kill a Samurai: Part 1. How NOT to kill a Samurai!

Modern sporting Kendo came into mainstream popularity in Japan and later the west after the defeat of the Japanese empire by the Americans at the end of the second world war. As such it definitely falls into the category of … Continue reading

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From Slob to Samurai: how to wear Japanese armour and why it’s still important!

As a martial arts and Japanese history website, it would stand to reason that much of our readership would be extremely interested in both of these things as a hobby, or even as a profession. That said, it strikes me … Continue reading

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Swallowing Pride: There’s more than one way to win a fight…

Living at school has always meant that I have had the privilege of being a student at a large number of different martial arts schools. There would be no way, otherwise, to keep up my training both at school and … Continue reading

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The Tragedy of MMA: What the death of Joao Carvalho must make us see

A tragedy has recently rocked the world of modern mixed martial arts. Joao Carvalho suffered a technical knockout at the hands of Charlie Ward, a teammate of the more well known Connor Mcgregor. The 28 year old Carvalho suffered brain injuries … Continue reading

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100 Days: Mastering the Japanese Spear

For being one of the main battlefield weapons of choice for Samurai and ashigaru throughout the sengoku jidai, there are surprisingly few schools of spearsmanship left today. In fact, there are only two that I know of: Owari Kan-ryu and Hozoin-ryu, … Continue reading

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Debunking Chiburi

I have always been told by one of my instructors that chiburi is the act of removing blood from the sword, in fact he has even stated this at events and demonstrations. A skeptic as always, I set out to … Continue reading

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