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Ancient Japanese Warriors, who had their own social class. Famous for using katanas, but also used bows and spears.

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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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A swordsman called “The Student”

From the years when I was practicing Kendo, I recall a story about a swordmaster in the old times. He was called "the student" because he always wanted to learn. Do you know this story or the ...
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Are there any martial forms that utilize game boards as weapons?

Although this sounds absurd at first, there is a well known legend about the 12th Century samurai Satō Tadanobu beating back assassins with a goban. In the legend, he is said to have subsequently ...
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What is “Direct Penetration” from The Book of Five Rings book of Water?

The translation of the book of Water of The Book of Five Rings at http://www.bookoffiverings.com/WaterBook.htm states: The spirit of Direct Penetration is handed down in the true Way of the Ni To ...
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Story from “Hagakure: Book of the samurai”

In the book "Hagakure: Book of the samurai" there is a short story: A certain son of Mori Monbei got into a fight and returned home wounded. Asked by Monbei, "What did you do to your opponent?" ...
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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. ...