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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Yes. Contrary to what the average "expert" on swords and Japanese swordsmanship will tell you online (along with their obligatory mentions to Miyamoto Musashi who everyone obligatorily must ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

The book of five rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi around 1645, advocates two-sword fencing style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi. He does, however, states that you should ...
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What is "Direct Penetration" from The Book of Five Rings book of Water?

The following translations (by Victor Harris and Thomas Cleary) instead translate the phrase as "Direct Communication": The spirit of "Direct Communication" is how the true Way of ...
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Do women have any advantages in sword fighting

There's basically two factors here that matter. Height and Reach Reach matters with melee weapons, however... it matters most when you're fighting with similar weapons. Since your context is ...
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Are "stage combat" swords fine for HEMA training/bouting?

The reason steel feders are so widely used in HEMA is due to them being able to be used safely in partner drills, especially at higher intensity . Stage combat swords miss the rolled tip and bending ...
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How does Long Guard intercept weapon knock off?

This is an interesting question with some pretty complex answers, but the general fencing theory behind it is this: What stops the opponent from slapping the blade away is simply that a slap/beat is ...
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Why do federschwerten have a schilt, when longswords don't?

According to this site, the schilt is a safety thing, to route a blocked blade away from the fingers. Non-training weapons generally don't have them because, being larger and heavier, they already ...
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Purpose of non-sword hand movements

Chinese Swordsmanship, by Scott Rodell refers to that hand position as "sword talisman". The illustrations of the sword talisman used for strikes. (Mr. Rodell has an international reputation as a ...
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Defending legs with a sword

The same source text you're quoting mentions the use of Uberlauffen or overrunning as defense against low threats. The idea is to use a Scheitelhau (or a similarly executed thrust) to strike before ...
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Why do federschwerten have a schilt, when longswords don't?

First of all, this isn't universal: there are sharp swords with a flared ricasso (schilt) and feders without. "Feder" is very much a modern term, and broadly just means a longsword foil ...
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Japanese Short Sword Kata

First, don't drill anything you haven't been taught in person by a good teacher. You can learn a lot watching videos, but videos don't give you feedback and correction. I'm worried that you'll be ...
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Does blade flex have any function beyond durability?

In most cases, sword flex is only for the sake of durability and excessive flexibility is likely to interfere with doing proper damage with your blade. A major exception is the urumi, or "whip ...
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Reverse grip swords

Overall, It Is A Silly Grip For Combat Coming from a Historic European Martial Arts perspective, I can say this is "Hollywood/Anime Garbage". Generally, you lose reach, leverage, and speed ...
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How does Long Guard intercept weapon knock off?

Adding to JZBai comprehensive answer, there is one further problem with the long guard: You can wait it out. It's more tiring to keep your sword up and extended like that than if you just have it in ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Dual wielding of equal weapons is relatively rare in warfare historically. Wielding a smaller secondary weapon is much more common (e.g. rapier + parrying dagger, katana + wakizashi, tomahawk + ...
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Why do chinese martial arts sometimes move the sword around the neck?

One reason it's done in that specific way is that dao were an infantry weapon and pulling in tight around you like that reduces the chance of you cutting the guys beside you in a formation or a melee. ...
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What Resources Are There For Knife And Sword Rights Activism In The USA?

What a coincidence. I recently stumbled upon a video of a young sort of guy in Arizona by the name of Kairo Seijuro who seems to have attained a high degree of skill in classical kenjutsu. He was in ...
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Defending legs with a sword

From a non-HEMA perspective: you want to minimize the time it takes to defend the current attack, while maintaining a position that can still adapt for your own attacks or to defend potential future ...
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Do women have any advantages in sword fighting

Not really no… The winner in a fight is generally the one with the more skill. And skill can be acquired regardless of gender. The nature vs nurture debate might rage here saying that some people ...
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Defending legs with a sword

If we think about things completely in the abstract, slipping the leg while striking the head is a better option: because you're attacking and defending in the same motion it is virtually impossible ...
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Is "Jogo do Pau" (stickfighting) derived from longsword fighting?

Most certainly not. This article on Jogo do Pau specifically tells a story of how stick fighting naturally evolved in rural areas as it is both a useful thing to have in general in the wilderness as ...
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Is there a legitimate fighting technique using dual sword on horse?

Not sure what you mean by "faking it," but the group in the video seems to be recreating techniques recorded in the historical Korean manual, the Muyedobotongji/무예도보통지/武藝圖譜通志 (wikipedia ...
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Is a Japanese Katana traditionally used differently from a European Longsword?

I won't pretend expertise, but I have some HEMA experience, admittedly in parallel to SCA fighting, which has some different techniques due to different rules. My Kenjutsu credentials are slightlier ...
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Is a Japanese Katana traditionally used differently from a European Longsword?

To answer your question straight and simple: yes, they are traditionally used differently. But to answer it with a bit more detail: yes, but it depends on a lot of things not necessarily related to ...
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When to bind in european sword & buckler?

Roland Warzecha has quite a bit to say on the subject. You should consider looking through his website and YouTube channel.* Dimicator Medieval Swordplay Roland Warzecha on YouTube His research and ...
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What's the difference between Iaijutsu and Iaido?

Disclaimer- I am not a Japanese speaker. Short Answer: Don't worry about it. Longer Answer: The suffix -jutsu means 'practice of', the suffix -do means 'study of'. I have been taught by Japanese ...
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Why do chinese martial arts sometimes move the sword around the neck?

The movement serves several purposes: A blocking motion This is used with single edge blades as you keep the back of the blade against the body, usually contacting around the shoulder blades. Any ...
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Why do chinese martial arts sometimes move the sword around the neck?

Sword play and weapons in general are focused on control. A weapon that is closer to the body is typically under more control than one further away. You can see this in chain fighting or roped ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

This would be within the realms of possibility. I would not rule out the existence of some kata for this, because there are hundreds of Japanese sword schools. But, it is unlikely. To understand why, ...
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Are "stage combat" swords fine for HEMA training/bouting?

Stage Weapons Should Not Be Used In Sparring. Their construction and materials are generally less damage tolerant than their "battle ready" equivalents. This runs the risk of several bad ...
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