Shortlink

A Brief History Of The Tanto

The tanto is a Japanese knife that can be either a single or a double edged dagger or knife. The blade can range from six to twelve inches in length, and like most knives can be used as both a stabbing weapon or a slashing weapon. The tanto first surfaced between the years 794 and 1185 as just a standard weapon with no artistic qualities – a practical blade born out of neccessity.

Between 1185 and 1333, higher quality and more artistic tantos began being made.
Continue reading

Shortlink

Introducing the Uconn Jujitsu Blog

We like the guys over at the Uconn Jujitsu blog, and we think you should check em out sometime.

It’s really easy to fall into the mindset of trying to horde visitors to your website, and not to encourage people to visit competing blogs, but we reckon that’s where the biggest mistake is – they’re part of the Jujitsu community and write really good articles. They’re not competing, they’re sharing what they know about your sport so we can all benefit!
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Yari

The Yari is an ancient spear weapon introduced to Japan centuries ago. The spear has been used by many cultures. The most recent version could be considered to be the bayonet on the rifle. The Yari has had many variations over the centuries, all lethal. It has been a part of the Japanese culture in times of war as a weapon and in peace for entertainment.
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Tonfa

The martial arts weapon, the tonfa, is one of the more popular devices in the Okinawan and Japanese karate and Jujitsu. The tonfa is essentially a club with a handle that protrudes at a 90 degree angle. This allows a practitioner to hold the handle in a solid grip while the club protects the forearm.
Continue reading

Shortlink

Man Arrested for Using Jujitsu on Woman

A Florida man in Palm Bay is facing multiple charges after misusing his Jujitsu training to subdue his female housemate for two hours with ankle locks and chokes.

What a complete dick. This is definitely not what Jujitsu is about, and it’s really sad to see when you love the art so much.
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Wakizashi

This sword has the traditionally curved blade and was worn at the side of the Japanese Samurai. Foreigners refer to the Wakizashi sword as honor blades because the Samurai would save them as a back up weapon. As a means of displaying trust and respect, the Samurai would leave his main sword at the door with a servant.
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Samurai Sword

Continuing on ‘Brief History…’ theme, let’s look at what the west know as a Samurai sword.

The official name of the commonly referred to Samurai Sword is actually the Katana however, any curved blade in the Japanese culture has been given the same name – especially through western pop culture such as comics and films. A true Katana measures in length greater than 60 cm and is a thin, curved and ultra sharp blade.
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Nunchaku

In the 1970’s, Bruce Lee’s film Enter the Dragon gave the western world its first glimpse of the ancient martial arts weapon the nunchaku. The strange twirling weapon was comprised of two sticks held together by a small chain. It had the ability to strike an opponent from long range or choke him while in close quarters.
Continue reading

Shortlink

A Brief History of the Naginata

In a Japanese samurai class, certain members traditionally used a pole weapon known as the naginata. The shaft of this weapon is made of wood, and has a large curved blade on the end. The shaft of the weapon ranges from five to seven feet and the blade is can be a huge three feet long and is curved making the weapon’s total length ranging from eight to ten feet long.
Continue reading