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Questions tagged [katana]

A Katana is a specific type of curved Japanese sword, famously used by Samurai. Use this tag when your question is about this particular kind of sword. If unsure, use the "sword" tag instead.

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Samurai blade honing during wartime [migrated]

I was wondering, regardless of the type of blade, how did samurais keep their blade effective when they are away from any sharpening tools / professionals. Coming from daily using a Japanese chef ...
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Kendô, iaidô, jôdô, battodô, chanbara… Which one should I pick?

I stopped practising judô and jiu-jitsu some years ago, at a blue belt level, because I wasn't enjoying this martial art as much as I used to. However, I still love the philosophy of it, and would ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Most of us are familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo fights with two katana, one in each hand. In every other movie I have ever seen in which katana appear, they are treated as a ...
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Why did a Samurai always wear their katana on the left side?

A katana is traditionally used with both hands. But why is it always on the left side? I have read that in the Samurai schools they don't care much about the student are left handed or right handed. ...
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Fighting styles that use a katana from the beginning

What are the fighting styles which employ the katana from the beginning of training?
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Why does Seido Karate only teach weapons training at black belt level?

I am a student of the Seido karate fighting style, I would like to know why weapons training starts only at the black belt level?