Sneak Preview of Edo Period fittings at the MET
The Edo period was the pinnacle of Samurai sword art. A peaceful time, the art of making sword fittings reached its zenith, and at the Metropolitan Museum a new exhibition features several well preserved blades and fittings that have to be seen to be believed..
Olympic dreams in Canada for HEMA
HEMA (Historical Medieval European Martial Arts) have come a long way in the last 2 decades. But are they unified and big enough now to one day qualify as an Olympic sport? Canadian HEMA instructor Miles Kinnee thinks and hopes so..
A Brief History of Bushido
From thuggish bodyguards, to Samurai - to Kamikaze pilots and finally the corporate salaryman - the philosophy of Bushido has been used (and corrupted) over the centuries, but to this day is still a powerful code to live by. Read a brief overview of its history in this article by bighink.com
Taichi swords cause a 'security issue' in a park in NJ..
A hapless 60 year old practitoner of Taichi took two flimsy training jian and in uniform, ended up confronted by police in New Jersey for her 'iaido' swords.. Lucky they weren't in the UK.. But shows just how paranoid some people are about swords and the rising levels of 'hoplophobia' (fear of weapons) in modern society in general..
Teens almost charged for wooden swords in the UK...
The 'sword police' are doing their best to imitate an allergic reaction here - police were called in the UK because a teenager was found brandishing a sword.. When the police arrived, they found it was made of wood - but could not find a 'reason' why the young man was playing with said wooden sword.. Why he was not indoors scrolling TikTok for example? Sad to see age old traditions now attracting police attention..
Traditional axemaking skills required for Notre-dame restoration
If one piece of an ancient tradition fails, then the whole thing may be lost to the mists of time. Thankfully, a Canadian based blacksmith was able to painstakingly recreate the axes used for the wooden beams for the restoration of the Notre-dame cathedral in France.. Got to keep the old traditions alive because you never know when and how you might need them again..
How an outtake in Japan set the scene for Tarantino's Kill Bill
Akira Kurosawa's films were, as you might expect, a little gory at times. But did you know that the blood effects were inspired by an outtake? And that this outtake was part of the lineage that led to Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and other blood soaked classics?
10 Hollywood Stars with serious sword fighting skills
While most Hollywood sword fight scenes leave those of us with a little knowledge of how swords were actually used cringing, some old time and contemporary actors actually DO know how to use a blade, and it shows. Here are the top 10..
A good remake of Highlander on the cards..?
We mentioned it in a previous issue, but it seems that the reboot of the Highlander franchise is on the cards with Henry Cavill.. John Wick with swords indeed, let's hope they can keep the momentum going.. (though for many purists, "there can be only one"..)
Medieval Fight Club in Central Park - montage
With 50 members strong, Gladiators NYC based in Harlem frequently stage their melee in New Yorks central park. Here is a montage of the members at work and play..