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.
Search Results for: samurai swordsmanship
– February 17, 2016
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.
– January 25, 2016
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.
– August 26, 2015
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!
– July 17, 2015
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.
– May 20, 2015
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.
– April 22, 2015
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!
– April 20, 2015
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?
– April 13, 2015
No article can magically make you a master of the samurai sword, but the tips outlined here, from iaido instructor Minobu Miki, will put you on the martial path to that destination!
– February 12, 2015
The first installment of Black Belt’s new entertainment blog focuses on Uzumasa Limelight, a samurai film about a man who’s reportedly been slashed and stabbed to death 50,000 times.
– December 23, 2014