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Tag Archives: sword

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.

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

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

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.
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Posted in Martial Art Movies.

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.