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Martial Arts Enlightenment: Why the Samurai Warriors Practiced Zen, Part 2

What did masters of meditation in ancient Japan have to teach students of the sword? Plenty! Learn the historical connection between Zen and the samurai in this scholarly piece.

Martial Arts Enlightenment: Why the Samurai Warriors Practiced Zen, Part 1

If you’ve ever thought it odd that fearsome samurai warriors were governed by the gentle teachings of Zen, you need to read this post. Prepare to be enlightened!

Martial Arts of Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Part One)

Any martial artist who watches the films of the Star Wars franchise will spot the references: Japanese swordsmanship, gi tops, chi energy in the form of the force, and so on. Find out where these components came from and how they all fit together.

Master the 4 Inner Principles of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship

Breath control, footwork, stance and posture are the key points that seventh-degree black belt Russell McCartney, founder of ishi yama ryu battojutsu, discusses in this tutorial on the Japanese sword.

How to Use the Combat Concepts of Legendary Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi in 21st Century Self-Defense

The martial artist who penned The Book of Five Rings incorporated tons of timeless wisdom into his work. This tutorial will help you glean maximum meaning from the ancient text.

Learn the Lesson of Compassion From Japanese Swordsman Miyamoto Musashi

This tale of Miyamoto Musashi and Muso Gonnosuke illustrates the role compassion must play whenever deadly combat skills are being taught. Essential learning for all martial artists!

Katana Care: How to Straighten a Bent Samurai Sword

Whether you’re cutting tatami mats or bamboo stalks, it’s easy to bend the blade on a katana. Learn how to repair the damage with this essential advice from Carl E. Long.

Ancient Korean Swords and Sword Arts (Part 2)

Get up close with kumdo and haedong kumdo — as well as kuk sool won — in this photo-filled conclusion to Black Belt’s look at South Korea’s sword arts.

Ancient Korean Swords and Sword Arts (Part 1)

Whether you’re a martial artist with plans to visit South Korea or just a history aficionado, this two-part post will help you help you understand the China/Korea/Japan connection. Photos galore!

The Martial Arts of Transporter: The Series — The Good and the Bad

The Transporter, starring Jason Statham, has spawned a TV show that features Chris Vance. Do the fights in the series match the fights in the Luc Besson films?

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