Featured forum thread: “Kenjutsu Kyohan” by Chris Covington

“For those that don’t know, between the 1870’s and 1934 the Japanese military, in an effort to modernize, adopted western style practice (see the movie “The Last Samurai”). They adopted a western style saber called a kyugunto in place of traditional Japanese swords until 1934 when they created the shingunto, a tachi style military sword. The Kenjutsu Kyohan was a manual on how to fence with these western style sabers as well as bayonet fencing and mounted fencing. ”

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  1. Worth a look. Especially good if you haven’t done European style fencing.

  2. World War II US Marines answer…


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