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Tag Archives: katana

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

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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.
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Posted in Japanese Martial Arts History.

Master the 4 Inner Principles of Japanese Samurai Swordsmanship

Monday, January 25th, 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.
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Posted in Kendo.

Katana Care: How to Straighten a Bent Samurai Sword

Wednesday, May 20th, 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.
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Posted in Edged Weapons.