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Black Belt Hall of Famer', Shihan Dana Abbott, has spent thirty-nine years in extensive study learning the ways of the Japanese sword, including 14 years in Yokohama, Japan. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1978, Shihan Abbott became a world traveler. In Japan he began his kendo/martial arts studies at Nihon Taiiku Daigaku. In addition, his bladed weaponry experience is extensive and well polished. He has taught and conducted seminars in over 30 countries. Shihan Dana Abbott is honored to hold the esteemed rank of Shihan 7th Dan, obtained at the Hombu Dojo in Yokohama, Japan.

Japanese Swordsmanship: My First Memories of Kendo in Japan

At that point I look him in the eye and say...kendo. My first memory of Japan was standing in front of the Budokan. It’s a...

Streetwise Knife Fighting

In the world of knife fighting there is an unspoken rule. Go in, cut and get out unscathed. It is that simple, but we...

Full-Contact Weapon Sparring with the Staff

There is now a venue open to martial artists and combatants from around the world. Competing with no restrictions, at full speed and power,...

My Time as a Japanese Salaryman

This led to a period in my life when I became a Japanese salary man. It’s just amazing how some things can come together. I...

Books By Dana Abbott

THE SAMURAI SWORD Introduction and Application The Samurai Sword, Introduction and Application is a must have read plus reference of "how to" for every sword and...

The 47th Ronin by Dana Abbott

The 47th Ronin is a collection of adventurous stories written by Shihan Dana Abbott. He spent years of study in Japan to master the...

A Reunion with Master Tanabe, My Mentor

Shihan Dana Abbott's Reunion with Master Tanabe It was about four in the afternoon and my flight was on its final approach.  As we broke...

Children and the Art of the Sword

When we think about swords and the martial arts involving swords, we seldom think of children.  It seems that the cutting blade and young...

Dana Abbott Learn The Sword

If Dana Abbott had been born in Japan 500 years ago, he’d have been a samurai. But since he was destined to see his...

Wood, Metal, Bamboo – Usage of the Japanese Sword

In the following few paragraphs I want to explain the “nuts and bolts” and the “hows and wherefores” for the usage of  the Japanese...

Close Quarter Baton Training with Police Safety Batons

We want to introduce the ActionFlex police safety batons that will improve law and security enforcement officer training. Security and law enforcement personnel have long had...

Secrets of the Japanese Sword

Over the last 30 years there has been a lot of hoopla about all the different styles and facets of martial arts and the...

The Best Block is No Block

The best block is no block at all!! With that said, it is well known and documented that if you try to block an...

Basic Sword Concepts with Padded Combative Weapons

Dana Abbott discusses how warriors have been educated since the beginning of time and how training with padded combative weapons improve training. I want to...

The Polishing Room: Intense Chanbara Training

First, a bit of background is in order. In the ‘70s and early ‘80s Goju-Shorei had what were known as bucket workouts, which occurred...

Negative Impact of Repetition Type Drills in Stick Fighting

The patterned sound of click clack, click clack, click clack is heard as the modern stick fighter's weapon goes through various repetition type drills...

The Staff: A Remarkable Weapon

The Staff is a simple, but remarkable weapon. From humble beginnings the staff has aided mankind throughout history. In many countries, stories have been interwoven...

The Japanese Samurai Fountain of Youth

Your Fountain of Youth is well within your grasp...let me help you see it more clearly. My 60 plus years on this planet includes two...