Muso Gonnosuke – The Man Who Defeated Musashi

Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi, samurai of the early 17th century, launches a system that elevates the simple stick to one of Japan’s favorite martial arts weapons called Jojutsu. He practiced in Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, then studied Kashima Jikishinkage-ryu, practicing their secret techniques called “ichi no tachi”. According to legends, Gonnosuke took part in a large number of …

Kano Jigoro – the creator of Judo

Kano Jigoro is the creator of judo, the first Japanese martial art to gain widespread international recognition, and the first to be recognized as an official Olympic sport. Educators of the new innovations presented to Jigoro Kano should be used on white and black belts and be introduced to the dans to show the relative …

The Japanese Short Sword – Wakizashi

Wakizashi is a short traditional Japanese sword. Mainly used by samurai and worn on the belt. The length of the blade is from 30 cm to 61 cm. The blade is sharpened on one side, slightly distorted. It is usually worn with a katana in the samurai’s belt. In ancient Japan, a sword with a …

Tanto – the Samurai’s dagger

Tanto is a samurai dagger, which was designed and used primarily as a stabbing weapon but also for finishing off opponents, cutting off heads, etc. and never as a knife. The edge can be used for slashing as well. Sometimes tanto was worn in daishho as a second sword. Tantos were used mostly by samurai, but they were also …

Kodachi – the sword that is a shield

Kodachi is a Japanese sword shorter than Daito (long sword) and slightly longer than tanto. Its blade is 40 to 65 cm long. Its size allowed the samurai to pull it out very quickly. It was used where movements were restricted, or in a body-to-body attack. Preferred weapon by the samurai, who relied mainly on …

Chigiriki – a part of ninjas’ arsenal

Chigiriki is a Japanese type of mace used by the ninjas. It consists of about 60 cm wooden handle and 60 – 70 cm metal chain to it, with a ball with a spike at the end of the chain. There are chains that are simply fixed to the top of the rod, and those that …

Kanabo – the samurai’s choice to deal with armor

Kanabo is a samurai weapon of feudal Japan, a type of tetsubo in the form of a metal club with a round handle, which has a thickening with a ring at the end, and, often, supplemented by small unsharpened spikes. Kanabo, like most weapons of the same type, was constructed from heavy wood or iron, …

Naginata – The Weapon Of The Ancient Japanese Soldiers

The Naginata is a Japanese melee weapon with a long handle (about 2 m) with an oval cross section and a curved one-sided blade (about 30 cm), with which the ancient japanese samurai fought. Over time, a lighter version of the weapon (1.2 – 1.5 m), used in training and has shown better characteristics in …

The Kusarigama

Kusarigama is a traditional Japanese weapon that consists of a Kama – a type of Japanese sickle attached to a metal chain (Manriki) with a weight at the end. It is one of the weapons used by the Ninja. The length of the chain is from about 2.5 to 3 meters. The chain can be …

Kunai – the Ninja’s main tool

Kunai is a Japanese weapon originally meant for agriculture in the Tensho Era of Japan. Two well-known varieties of kunai are the short kunai and the large kunai. Although the kunai is the main tool in the hands of a martial arts expert, it can be used as a multi-purpose weapon, popular until the introduction …