martial arts

Kyudo: The ’Way of the Bow’ as a Traditional Japanese Form of Art

Japan is home to many martial art traditions where some are only recognized within Japan. One example of this is “kyudo,” a Japanese martial art originating from the samurai class. For most practitioners in Japan, Kyudo is an art form and literally means “way of the bow” which is also linked to ancient Shinto tradition.…

Check Out the Impressive Swordsmanship of ”Modern Samurai” Isao Machii

Isao Machii is a Japanese Iaido master who also holds several Guinness World Record titles. Iaido is a traditional Japanese Sword Martial Art so you could call Isao Machii a modern day samurai. Isao learned this sword art from the age of 5.   thehypedgeek.com/ “Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (Suegiri)”  …

Yabusame Lesson: Learn to ride and shoot like a samurai!

If you want to try a different and exciting cultural experience in Japan then why not spend a day learning to shoot a bow from horseback just like a samurai? You can do this by taking a Yabusame lesson!     Yabusame is a traditional form of mounted archery where competitors shoot arrows at three…

Yabusame: the Traditional Japanese Mounted Archery

Do you know that mounted warriors have existed in Japan for more than 1,500 years? Yes, it has been a long time indeed, dating back to the Kamakura period. The need for it arose when Minamoto Yoritomo, the founder of Kamakura Shogunate, became concerned with the skill levels of his samurais. He was alarmed with…

Training Martial Arts in Japan

Whether you’re just a beginner or avid practitioner, Japan is a wonderful place to study the martial arts. With a variety of systems to choose from, the traditional fighting styles of Japan have something for every interest! Judo and Karate Are you an athlete who enjoys a good workout and the thrill of competition? Japan…