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On the Samurai University Jeff is responsible for most articles around the technical and historical aspect of Japanese swords as well as Japanese culture and history.
Founder and co-owner of The Samurai Workshop, premier supplier of Japanese swordsmanship equipment and premier partner of Kaneie Sword Art. Starting with martial arts at the age of eight, he spent years in exploring different styles ranging from Chinese warrior arts to Brazilian Capoeira. Only to have converted exclusively to Japanese martial arts about 7 years ago, the once an avid martial artist discovered a passion for the craftsmanship behind the Japanese sword. Nowadays he spends most of his time in the workshop on restoration, customization, arranging his tsuba collection and fiddling around with wood or metal.
Definitely the practical hands-on guy on the team. Shad's articles cover a variety of subjects including tameshigiri, backyard cutting, practical sword repairs but also basic sword handling and Japanese sword theory 101.
Unlike the rest of the team, he is a fully self-taught backyard tameshigiri and sword DIY practitioner. What started off as a platonic interest in Japanese swords, Shad soon discovered the perils of modern reproduction. Still ongoing is a learning journey in sword optimization for cutting practice such as practical sharpening, wrapping and reshaping.
As a life-time devotee of Japanese martial arts and the Japanese culture, Arjan already has over 20 years of budo experience on his account. His articles on the University are often in-depth descriptions about authentic samurai ryuha, Japanese budo theory and Japanese (samurai) culture.
Founder of Koryubokken.com and Netherlands' first true walk-in dojo, the Kochokai Budokan. Having trained with the Tenshinshoden Katori Shinto Ryu tri-force Otake, Sugino and Hatakayama he holds a solid foundation for teaching his adopted schools Mugai ryu Iaido and Meifu Shinkage ryu shurikenjutsu. Besides an already busy schedule, Arjan is also a practitioner of aikido, kyudo, naginatajutsu, chado and zazen.
Lastly his editorial efforts are documented on the Kochokai blog as well as the Samurai University.
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- Buying a iaito (47748 views)
- How do I display my katana or tachi? (39710 views)
- Training dual sword wielding - Part One. (35222 views)
- Dotanuki (34159 views)
- How the Japanese sword evolved into todays modern Katana ... (30544 views)
- Double cuts - Getting started (29894 views)
- Niku (hira-niku) and tameshigiri (26108 views)
- About signatures / mei (2015-08-21 13:04)
- Recognizing quality of a tsuka (2015-08-21 12:18)
- The Nekomata - (or Strange supernatural cat demons) (2015-02-03 11:55)
- What is Shobu Zukuri? (2015-01-22 00:25)
- What is Suriage? (2015-01-16 12:37)
- Higonokami (2015-01-15 22:31)
- Craftsmen of the Japanese sword (2014-11-26 20:09)
- Kata-te-Uchi (2014-11-18 22:45)
- Does the curvature of the katana really convey any ... (2014-11-12 17:01)
- Kogarasu Maru (2014-11-09 21:33)
- Cardboard tubes as an alternative target (2014-11-02 14:15)
- Are exotic folded steels better for cutters? (2014-11-02 14:14)
- The dangers of Nukitsuke and lapses of concentration. (2014-11-02 14:00)
- On taking some inspiration from Martial artists but still ... (2014-11-02 13:59)
- Stopping distance training (2014-11-02 13:54)