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Questions tagged [sword]

Any bladed weapon which is held in one or two hands, but is not a staff or pole weapon. Use this tag when talking about martial arts which specifically focus on swords, or when swords are the main focus of the question.

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After receiving the mortal thrust, a swordsman deliberately impales himself on hostile blade, to return a blow (historical duels, small sword)

Was it often in the historical dueling with rapiers and small swords, that after receiving the fatal thrust, the mortally wounded swordsman would step further and deliberately impale himself deeper on ...
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kumitachi, hasso-no-kamae, and hand positions

I was under the impression that in hasso-no-kamae, the sword should be forward of the face, facing the right shoulder. I cannot remember who taught me this. However, Sakai-sensei has his sword ...
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Is “Jogo do Pau” (stickfighting) derived from longsword fighting?

"Jogo do Pau" is an ancient Portuguese martial art which uses long staffs and originates from villages in the northern mountains. An example can be seen in this video. It shows one vs one, one vs two,...
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Purpose of non-sword hand movements

In most Chinese sword forms, the sword is held in the left hand and the right hand is held in a position (剑指 in Chinese, not sure if an English translation exists) that looks like this: I have ...
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Are there any shortsword treatises/sources?

By shortsword, I mean ~40-80cm overall length (closer to 50-75cm). Examples include "butterfly swords", "wakizashi", "gladius", and similar weapons. Particularly, I am interested in the "model ...
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When to bind in european sword & buckler?

I am just starting out some sword and buckler courses. It has been emphasised, that the bind lets you sense the opponent's attacks and protect against them. Consequently, I have been advised to "bind ...
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Defending legs with a sword

When defending your legs while using a two-handed sword (longsword, zweihander, etc), what are the advantages and disadvantages between blocking low vs voiding your legs and counter-attacking? (...
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Do women have any advantages in sword fighting

A bit of backstory: So I wanted to know if there were any advantages of women fighting against men. And the only thing I came across was lower center of gravity. On average, women lose against men in ...
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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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Why do chinese martial arts sometimes move the sword around the neck?

Why do Chinese martial arts often move the sword tight across/around the shoulder/neck? This is done a lot in many styles, but I do not know why. Its faster to just make an arc over the head to get ...
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What Resources Are There For Knife And Sword Rights Activism In The USA?

I currently reside in Texas, which rather surprisingly has some of the most restrictive knife/sword laws in the United States. While the state government is all about making sure you can walk your dog ...
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Gloves for longsword sparring

In my club, most of the people use Red Dragon gloves for sparring with steel longsword. According to the company's own description, these gloves are not designed for that purpose, even though it looks ...
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Choice of a sword for HEMA

Recently I joined a HEMA club and I was told that I should get my own equipment. I can take my time; some people spend more than a year getting fully equipped. But there are times when there are not ...
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Buying My First Metal Sword (HEMA)

I am a HEMA practitioner (hema-ist?), who has been training with a plastic hand-and-a-half sword from Cold Steel. While it appears to be the correct weight and roughly the correct size of an actual ...
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Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

I was watching Samurai Swordmaking, which was uploaded in 2013, where an old man forges a sword by hand using fire and hammer. Has anybody seen a modern technology for making a sword that is as ...
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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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What kind of punching bag should I get?

So I work ridiculous hours that prevent me from going regularly to take martial arts lessons. That said, I've always been very interested in them, and when I was younger I did take some Judo lessons. ...
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Left handed Japanese sword techniques

As far as I am aware, there are no left handed sword techniques in Japanese sword arts. At least, I am not aware of there being such. If it is true, does anyone have a good explanation as to why? If ...
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Chinese Dadao info?

I am very interested in the Chinese Dadao and how they were used in combat. Is there any good resources out there on the use of and training with the Dadao specifically? I've seen a lot on the use ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

I was wondering if using three swords with the third in your mouth would be effective against anyone else with a sword. I'd think so, because you could parry their attacks, and then slice them with ...
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Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use

In a previous question I asked whether it is better to start out with a light weapon, and then move on to a heavier one. I got the answer that yes, it's better to start with a lighter one and ...
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Is it better to start out with a light weapon?

I am thinking of starting practicing HEMA (historical European martial arts), and so I am about to buy a sword to practice with. After looking around a bit I've become curious about how heavy a weapon ...
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The use and historical authenticity of a 9 hook broadsword

I've recently bought a 9 hook broadsword from an online martial arts store. I bought it mainly for decoration, but as an ex kung fu practioner and a general sword enthusiast I want to know how it is ...
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Do Any Eastern Arts Use a Shield?

Are there any Eastern arts that utilize a shield with a sword or a spear?
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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?
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

For what I've been found, this two arts have some similarities, but I can't fully understand it, this is pretty much the definition of each. Iaido: The art of sword drawing. All katas begin and end ...
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Blocking with a katana blade

Are there any school/style of Japanese swordsmanship that teach blocking (a parry or deflect is fine as long as there is contact between them) incoming attacks with the sharp edge of the blade of a ...
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Is there a US-based organization supporting Iaijutsu?

I've trained with a bokken for many years, mostly though instruction by students in various arts and David Lowry's text. I'm at a point in my life where I would like to formalize my knowledge and ...
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What are the key differences between kendo and kenjutsu?

I was wondering what are the key differences between kenjutsu and kendo? I know that kendo is considered as an art of fighting where as the kenjutsu is the art of killing, or am I wrong here?
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Alexandre Dumas' Three Musketeers: 17th century French Rapier

In "Les Trois Mousquetaires", we have a lot of sword fights. We have a dozen different people who are described as really good sword fighters. What sword schools were active during the 17th century ...