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Ryujin Swords

Ryujin Swords is located in rural Derbyshire, not too far from the Peak District. At the moment I spend my time between running my business, helping my partner with her business, helping her run the smallholding, and helping her look after our daughter.

JJSA - Journal of Japanese Sword Arts

The Journal of Japanese Sword Arts began life in 1989 as a monthly newsletter. More than 90 issues and almost ten years later it is still being produced. The Journal contains news, reviews, announcements, and in depth articles concerning all aspects of the Japanese sword. The Journal contains all the copy in The Iaido Newsletter, plus much more. Check out the JJSA Awards for sword related websites. The editor, publisher, and chief inking boy is Kim Taylor, a long time student of Japanese sword, and associate editor of the Journal of Asian Martial Arts.

Masayuki Shimabukuro Samurai Swordsmanship: Drills [8/10] CD2 - YouTube

black belt Hall presents: the art of sword of the samurai in the famous Wizard Masayuki Simabukuro (Masayuki Shimabukuro)-Weapons Instructor of the year, 2006-and his senior disciple Karl e. long (Carl e. long) that demonstrate rituals and technology tell us about the history and construction of the sword of the Samurai. This trehtomnaa DVD collection includes the basics of Iaido, intermediate, and advanced level, as well as interviews with both teachers.


Samurai Katana Sword: Katana Blade Structure

To create an excellent cold weapon, a swordsmith is to achieve two goals: the blade must be sharp but, simultaneously, it should not be brittle. However, these two ends contradict each other. The higher is the carbon content of the steel, the sharper is the sword that is produced from it, but high carbon content also makes the blade fragile. Using ductile steel allows to achieve durability, but the swords made from soft, malleable steel grow blunt very soon.

Online Nihonto Glossary with English and Japanese Text

Online Nihonto Glossary with English and Japanese Text


By Fred Weissberg The term, uchigatana, is made up of two Japanese words. The word, uchi, comes from the verb, utsu, and means to strike. The word, gatana, is another reading of the word, katana, and means sword. Thus when these two words are used together, this term, uchigatana, means a sword that is suitable for striking an enemy. Used in the context, it means a sword that is worn with the cutting edge upward as opposed to a tachi that is worn with the cutting edge downward.

Sword tip movement - AikiWeb Aikido Forums

I've become obsessed with my sword cuts as of late. One thing has been driving me nuts for well over a year. When I swing my sword, watching my cuts in a mirror, I just can't seem to get the tip of the sword to go straight. It moves, ever so slightly, side to side as it goes down. It's super minor, but I can't stop thinking about it, which is probably making it worse! What I tend to do is stare at my own eyes in the mirror and try and swing the sword to pass between my eyes in the mirror. I think I'd equate it to shooting a rifle or a bow and arrow and having the shakes. Has anyone else experienced this and been able to steady yourself?

Keith Larman on Aikiken - Flintstone's Cave

The always recurring theme of Aikiken has given one of the most complete advice in an internet forum in AikiWeb. Quoted here:

Fencing Criticism and Feedback for Dummies… | A Midsummer Night’s Blog

Any fencing teacher can watch a fencing match and provide valid criticism and feedback. Regardless of the quality of the fencing in question, how your criticism is delivered tells the world what kind of person you are. More specifically, they get a window into how you might treat your own student. If your goal is to humiliate and punish the student you are certainly welcome to say whatever you like, but I have a three-point system for delivering feedback based on my experiences training for the fencing master’s program.

YouTube - Shaolin Sword Techniques vs. Japanese Katana

Grandmaster Wong Kiew Kit demonstrating some of the secrets of the Shaolin Sword (Jian). All of the exchanges are impromptu. The Shaolin Sword is an amazing weapon. It is light, and can be easily broken if clashed directly with heavier weapons. Nevertheless, it was the choice weapon of many masters in the past because in the hands of a skillful swordsman, the techniques can be amazing. The Shaolin Sword is quite different from swords of other martial cultures, like the Samurai sword or the Western sword. Some kung fu practitioners, however, use a Jian as if it were a Samurai sword, a Western sword, or a kung fu saber (Dao). This is incorrect. This video shows some of the secret applications of the Shaolin Sword. These sword techniques were kept as top secrets in the past. Hence, many kung fu practitioners today who have learned sword sets do not know the combat applications of the sword. One of the tactics of the Shaolin Sword is to attack the wrist and hand of the opponent, thereby disarming him. This tactic is shown in the video.

Blocking with the Edge - Tsuki Kage dojo - FAQ

Working terminology: Diversion - glancing or moving an attack to the outside of the intended target; often done with the raised ridge (shinogi) on the side of the blade. Parry - a fluid blade diversion and riposte movement by the defender. Block - a hard block in which generally one sword will be struck against another at a right angle, typically creating an "X" shape. It is not *preferable* to block with the edge of a sword. But a swordsman will find themselves (during real combat, shiai, or even practicing freestyle in the dojo) tricked off guard at times, and will have to use the edge to save themselves from being struck down. Blocking with the edge is simply the fastest, most direct, and strongest (alignment wise) defense against an incoming cut.

Sword Related Accidents - Tsuki Kage dojo

Accidents can happen to anyone, but the types of incidents listed below are reproduced here because they all could have been avoided through discretion, experience and/or proper instruction in swordsmanship. These examples involve individuals with martial art and/or sword training that became involved in irresponsible public acts, and in some cases, criminal acts. Though not all incidents recorded below involve Japanese swords, it is the author's belief that sword accidents by exponents of any style of sword art will negatively affect all others training in swordsmanship in the eye of the public. This page is published in hopes of encouraging others to act responsibly with good judgement when such choices and decisions present themselves. - Ittosai’s Test: Part 1

By Dave Lowry Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two part article entitled "Ittosai’s Test" which is an excerpt from Dave Lowry’s new book, “Clouds In The West.” It is about the eccentric but brilliant swordsman Ito Ittosai Kagehisa, the founder of the sword tradition of Itto ryu, and his efforts to find a successor. Itto ryu eventually grew to be one of the largest and most important schools of Japanese swordmanship. It was adopted by the military authority of Japan, the Tokugawa shogun, and other lords of feudal Japan, including the Aizu from which diato ryu aikjujutsu sprang through the legendary teacher Takeda Sokaku Sensei. Itto ryu also influenced the technical curriculum of kendo (the modern Japanese art of fencing that uses mock weapons made of bamboo). Today there are several separate traditions of Itto ryu practiced. Another important variant is Onoha Itto Ryu Sokaku Den, passed down through several daito ryu and aiki budo traditions.

2009 - The Study Of Iaido

This is the first in a continuing series of articles on the Japanese art of iaido the modern discipline or way of drawing the sword that was popularized in the 1930's. It was derived from iaijutsu, a sub-specialization of kenjutsu (sword arts) that was practiced by professional (samurai) warriors and involved methods of drawing the sword and cutting as a single motion. Future articles will focus on concepts that relate to practice and then on specific analyses of kata and basic techniques.


YouTube - Discovery Channel- The Samurai Sword Part 1

This is a brief documentation of japanese sword making and histroy of the Katana brought to you by the dicovery channel program descive weapons.

YouTube - Examining the Japanese Sword

Proper etiquette for handling and examining the Japanese sword.

YouTube - Japanese Sword-Polishing (English Subtitled)

This video demonstrates how to polish a Japanese sword.

Tameshi Giri

What is tameshigiri? And what's the point of it? Tameshigiri translates from the Japanese as "test cutting." In the past Japanese sword makers or sword owners sometimes had their swords tested for sharpness. They would give their sword to a skilled sword tester who would chop something up – frequently human bodies – and then record the results on the tang of the blade. Today tameshigiri is a less bloody affair. Simply put, you're testing your skill and you're testing your sword by cutting a specially prepared target.