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- Backyard cutting: Backyard cutting: Proper grip of the sword
Answer: The grip on the katana is of paramount importance as it affects everything from the way you swing the sword to the way the force ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: Pulling muscles, Suburi and why you need a non-sharp sword
Answer: As with anything strenuous, especially things that we're not used to, there is at least some risk of injury. I found this out on two ...
- Samurai fighting arts (bujutsu): Buying a iaito
Answer: Congratulations! After several months of training with a bokken you just received permission from your sensei to look out for a iaito. This article has ...
- Samurai fighting arts (bujutsu): Should I train with iaito or shinken?
Answer: Without doubt one should never begin their swordsmanship training with a fully sharpened sword. Regardless of the talent or experience in other martial arts. First of ...
- Backyard cutting: Closed upward diagonal cut - one thing to watch out for
Answer: The closed upward diagonal cut. This was probably the easiest cut for me to get right first time but I did experience some issues with ...
- Sword furniture: Did samurai wear gloves?
Answer: Some time ago I received a question why dashi-same sword handles exist. The term dashi-same is used when a Japanese sword handle is NOT wrapped ...
- Sword steel: Visual Glossary of the Japanese Sword
Answer: 1 Toshin2 Nakago3 Nagasa4 Nakago-jiri5 Nakago shinogi6 Katana-mei7 Mekugi-ana8 Yasuri-mei9 Ha-machi10 Ubu-ha11 Ha (Ha-saki)12 Hamon13 Habuchi / Yakiba14 Ji (Hira-ji)15 Yokote16 Kissaki17 Mune-machi18 Bo-hi tome19 ...
- Backyard cutting: What is hasuji from a backyard cutters viewpoint?
Answer: What is hasuji exactly? Hasuji is the path your sword takes in a cut and the edge alignment whilst in that cut. 'Good' hasuji happens when ...
- Sword furniture: Menuki on top of the tsukamaki - Uki menuki
Answer: Have a look at this lovely menuki that we've used on a very special custom sword, but more about that later :) Today is all ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: Stopping distance training
Answer: We often train our bodies to be able to swing the sword towards the target be it imaginary or something tangible like bamboo or plastic ...
- Samurai culture and customs: Kata-te-Uchi
Answer: When I wrote on the evolution of the Japanese sword I described the transition between tachi and katana but one thing I didnt mention was ...
- Practical hints and guidance for sword owners: What is Shobu Zukuri?
Answer: Katana, as you know, come in many different shapes, lengths and styles and the most immediately obvious facet of this configuration is the shape of ...
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