Welcome to the Way of the Samurai - the ultimate on-line resource for those interested in the Samurai - the feudal Japanese warriors. This website will guide you through a detailed look at:
Japanese Samurai history - A concise overview of samurai history that will allow you to appreciate the many amazing aspects of samurai past and culture as well as how the samurai continue to affect our present and future. In this section of the site you'll learn about their famous battles, legendary warriors, the truth of the ninja vs samurai debate, samurai tactics and methods of waging war. From Samurai Masks and Armour construction to Samurai Banners and the Meiji Restoration which effectively ended the Samurai class it's all here.
Samurai Swords and Weapons - A detailed guide to the most revered blade in history. In this section of the site I'll share with your the secrets of the Katana, the samurai sword and how to evaluate them. Further I'll share with you details on how to spot authentic WWII Japanese swords and important guides on fake Japanese Swords. You'll also get to learn about the history of the sword, how they are made and why the sword is the soul of the samurai.
Sword Reviews - Here I'll share with you my Japanese Samurai Sword REVIEWS! I'm lucky to have an extensive collection of real, modern, historical swords and even cheap fakes. I'll give you inside honest reviews, cutting demonstrations, and more, that will help you to pick up a great deal and the perfect Japanese Swords.
Philosophy - the life of the Samurai wasn't just one of physical combat. As you'll learn in the history section, they were more than just warriors. They were poets, artists, painters, tea masters and flower arrangers. Their martial skills were balanced by their love and cultivation of the arts. In this section of the website I'll explore the different art's of the samurai and their philosophy.
Martial Arts - In one of the most read sections of the site I'll give you a field guide to authentic Japanese Martial arts - the true Way of the Samurai - those used by the Samurai and tested in battle. I'll touch upon the history of different styles, many of which you are likely to never have heard of before as they are rarely taught outside of Japan itself. I'll share with you my own experiences studying the Japanese Martial Arts and more. I'll also give you resources on where to go next if you're interested in studying an authentic Japanese Martial Art.
These are just some examples of the detailed content of this site. There's always more to learn and experience and the site is constantly updated with new articles, videos, review and more.
The samurai have left us an incredible legacy, both good and bad; it is a unique philosophy that impacts many of us today from movies such as Star Wars to basic business principles, and of course the samurai have entrusted to us a living history in the physical martial arts or koryū, the old martial ways of Japan.
I hope you enjoy this website, as much a record of my own journey as anything, and that you too can gain something from the Way of the Samurai.
Paul 'Batman' O'Brien
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