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March 29, 2018

When you walk into a dojo, it’s a truism to say you’ve enter a different world and a special space. But, if it’s a commonplace sentiment, it’s also an important observation. For contemporary Westerners and Americans walking the martial path, our training has implicatio...

July 13, 2017

Below is an article that I wrote for my karate students on the subject of shoshin or "beginner's mind."  The West was introduced to this concept perhaps most eloquently in the book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi.  Koryu Crafts has named one of our sw...

July 13, 2017

We're approaching 2,000 likes on Facebook, and we thought this would be a great time to check in with everyone about where we've come from and the State of the Union at Koryu Crafts today.

We officially opened our (web) doors on November 1, 2016.  Ben was doing some tsu...

June 2, 2017

As we develop our product line here at Koryu Crafts, we wanted to touch on one of the most distinguishing characteristics of many Japanese blades: the results produced by heat treatment.

For example, our Koryu Crafts Signature Shinken Line is made of differentially heat...

May 11, 2017

Anyone committed to serious training in the bugei, and certainly those of us who have been engaged for decades, eventually arrive at the question: why?

This is not something simply related to second thoughts generated by the wear and tear of training—hello judo shoulder...

April 6, 2017

Any student who has spent much time studying with me has probably heard me make a connection between martial arts and magic -- the principle of misdirection is central to both disciplines, and few have studied misdirection as thoroughly as successful magicians. Magicia...

January 30, 2017

Like other bladed weapons developed across the world, the Japanese Katana was designed to be flexible, strong and resilient. For example, the swordsmiths’ use of “shingane,” the soft and flexible form of tamahagane, gives the katana its resilient flexibility. In contra...

January 19, 2017

In terms of Japanese swords, my specialty is the tsuka or handle.  For me, the tsuka is the unsung hero of the sword world.  If you disagree, try using a sword without it!  I think of it almost like a car’s steering wheel: you can have a Ferrari, but if the steering wh...

January 18, 2017

There’s an old Zen tale about the Sixth Patriarch Hui-neng commenting that the finger pointing at the moon should not be confused with the moon itself. In this context, he is warning against a focus on scripture that leads to a loss of awareness of what scripture is me...

January 17, 2017

Owen and I, the founders of Koryu Crafts, are both practitioners of the sword arts.  As a result, we usually stock our company with the products that we would like to use ourselves!  One of the most important items that we use at virtually every single class meeting is...