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The Samurai

Posted by MRL on Aug 27th 2020

Code of Bushido Little represents the idolized samurai and their code of bushido better than their sword, the katana. Although not the only weapon available to samurai, the sword is the only weapon that has remained constant to the samurai throughout time. The katana (long sword), the wakizashi (medium sword) and the tanto (short sword) haven't always been the primary weapon of choice for warfare, however. Yabusame, the art of horseback arch...
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Swordsman Skills and Japan

Posted by MRL on Jan 23rd 2020

Ah, the stories of Japanese skill with swords and their style of fighting has reached epic proportions in film and literature hasn't it? Like most things, some of the hype is warranted, but much of it isn't. Tall tales have simply grown taller in the retelling. Individual skill with the sword reached its greatest period in Japan after the Tokugawa Shogunate was established in the early 17th century. Ironically, this was a peaceful period that...
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