Kenjutsu – Japanese Sword Fighting

By April 28, 2011 One Comment

kenjutsukenjutsu_upper_rightWhen it comes to modern martial arts training, the influence of the Samurai cannot be overstated. The sword was his soul… and Kenjutsu, The Art of the Sword, was understandably his core art.

Mark believes that it’s important to view the many Japanese arts that were subordinant to the sword in the context of how they functioned in supporting its use on the battlefield. Of particular interest today, of course, is the art of Jiu Jitsu, but Kenjutsu’s contribution to the training of a warrior goes far beyond the grappling mat. Its emphasis on asymetrical weapons training is an integral part of Mark’s approach and he often compares its elegant and powerful fencing principles to those of European Fencing and FMA.

Mark’s training in the Yagyu Shinkage-ryu and Itto Shoden Muto-ryu definitely enhance his curriculum and, as an additional point of interest, he often talks about the many ethical parallels that the Samurai shared with European Knights.


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