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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,...

The Development and Evolution of Chanbara

Japanese martial artists and sword masters came together in 1969 and modernized the “art of practice.” Founder Tanabe Tetsundo and his following, comprising some...

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...

Karate Teacher Tim VanDenover Pioneers Sword Play

Actor Tom Cruise was The Last Samurai in Hollywood, but one Scottsdale resident might have earned the title of the First Samurai, at least...