Tag: kenjutsu

Sasaki Kojiro and Tsubame-gaeshi sword technique

Secret Technique: Tsubame-gaeshi

There are many moves in kenjutsu, and one of them is the “Tsubame-gaeshi”. Not only those who have taken up sword-fighting, but anyone who knows Miyamoto Musashi would have heard of this famous move at least once. Tsubame-gaeshi is a technique where you swing the sword in front on your Read More

Kendo in Old Age

The History of Kendo

The history of kendo stretched back to the Heian period when the samurai developed many skills (kenpo, kenjutsu) to protect themselves during battle. As the samurai began ruling Japan and Japan plunged into the sengoku period (civil war), the samurai begain training hard in their sword skills because winning in Read More

Reflections on the Shinai’s History – Is the Shinai just a bamboo sword or is there more to it?

A ‘Shinai’ is commonly known as a practice tool replacing a live blade in Kendo and Kenjutsu. And yet, it goes beyond being simply a tool in that it’s treated with reverence. More than just being a bamboo sword used during practice or competitions, by standing in for a real Read More

Musashi Rules

The last six months of my life has been pretty much all about Miyamoto Musashi. When I’m not doing my real job, Musashi is sure to be there giving me a hard time. He has even been haunting my dreams of late. The reason for this obsessiveness is a recent Read More