SEPPUKU AND KAISHAKU

Seppuku should never be considered suicide, and similarly kaishaku should never be regarded as murder: both are rituals of bushido. Seppuku was committed only by warriors-commoners were deemed unworthy. There were several circumstances under which seppuku was carried out. One was to take personal responsibility for a grave error. A samurai would also commit seppuku …

Higaonna Kanryo, the founder of Naha-te

After becoming a disciple of Master Ryu Ryuko, Higaonna Sensei helped his master at his trade during the day as a craftsman of bamboo. Training look place after dark starting with the practice of Sanchin. Then, lifting the Nigiri-game (heavy ceramic jars), by their rims, a student would practice Unsokuho (a pattern of stepping movements). …

The legend Masutatsu Oyama, founder of Kyokushin Karate

Masutatsu Oyama was born in Korea in 1923 and is the founder of Japan’s most famous and widespread karate style in the world. At the age of 9, Mas Oyama learned Chinese kenpo in Manchuria and practiced judo and boxing as a teenager. All this leads to training in Okinawan karate, which serves as a …

Miyamoto Musashi – The Samurai Legend

Miyamoto Musashi was a Japanese samurai and swordsman who became a legend. Musashi is known for his remarkable skill as a swordsman and the many duels he has won since his early teens. He is the founder of the Ni Ten Ichi Ryu school and the author of Go Rin No Sho (“The Book of …

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 …