Category Archives: Koryu Bujutsu

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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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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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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For the love of the Japanese sword

It is because we love things that we must be brutally honest about them. What is a Japanese sword? A steel bar with a blade and a point. That’s it. Now before I have a thousand people screaming at me … Continue reading

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