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Tag Archives: shinai

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.

Samurai Training: Toshishiro Obata and the Five Rings of Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Japanese swordsmanship master Toshishiro Obata founded his art of shinkendo in response to the incompleteness he found in other samurai training. Learn how he set out to develop his own art rather than change those already in existence.
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Posted in Edged Weapons.

Beginner’s Guide to Japanese Swords: What You Need to Know to Get Started

Monday, March 11th, 2013

If you’re a beginner, the Japanese sword arts — with their bokken, shinai, shinken, iaito and so on — can be intimidating. This article provides a brief overview of the categories of weapons and the ways they’re used in arts like kendo, kenjutsu, iaido and so on.
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Posted in Kendo.