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  • Bokken, Bokuto, Daito, Tachi? Explanation!

    In the West, the word “Bokken” is widely used to refer to a wooden sword. However, in Japan, the proper word is “Bokuto”. Although less precise, the Japanese also use other terms like "Bokken" “Kidachi”, “Daito” and “Tachi” etc. Let’s see what the differences are and where those words come from.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Craftsmanship, Wooden Weapons

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  • An Interview with Alexander C. Bennett

    Academic research about Budo culture and history is important, and popularizing it in different forms is at least as important as the research itself. Alex Bennett does both, and he does it well. In this interview, we start with Alex's story, his first encounter with Kendo, then how he decided to dedicate his life to practice, research and teaching. In the second half, we talk about the History of Budo and how all major Budo appeared and evolved through the 20th century.
    Presentation of Alex Bennett’s interview by Jordy Delage.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Interview, YouTube

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  • The hakama is not meant to hide the footwork

    The hakama serves to hide the movement of the feet in the practice of martial arts, and in Aikido in particular?
    It is such a common explanation that it has almost become a truth for practically all practitioners. Unfortunately, it is false, and this is very easily demonstrated when we look at the history of this garment, how it was and how it still is worn in Japan.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Hakama

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  • The origin of the character "Bu" / "武"

    In Asia as in the West, we often speak of the first Kanji of "Budo" (武道), the "Bu" (武), meaning "stopping the spear". This is an interpretation that dates back almost to the origin of Budo, that aimed to draw the picture of peaceful martial arts, ignoring historical facts. Let's go back to the origins of the term to determine its true meaning.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Kanji

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  • Embroideries on Martial Arts Equipment

    Having one's training's cloths embroidered is the most common thing in Japan. However, westerners often know just little about this topic and some struggle with making the right choice. That is why in this article we are going to talk about embroidery content, show some common mistakes and give advice on how to avoid them and last but not least, explain how we make them at Seido.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Craftsmanship, HowTo

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  • The origin and manufacture of the Iaito

    The origin of the Iaito does not date back very far, to the 60s or so. The creation of this tool for practice was primarily driven by new laws and regulations, enacted after World War ll. Since then, with the experience of many trades in the manufacture of the Nihonto (Japanese sword), some Japanese craftsmen have developed an expertise, still unparalleled outside the archipelago.
    We went to the region called Gifu to visit the workshops Minosaka and Nihon Token (Jisei), two of the most famous in Japan. Familiar with this topic for some years, we had many questions to ask – which we are summarizing here.

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    Article tags: BudoStudies, Craftsmanship, Iaito, Katana, YouTube

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