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Katana: The katana is a single edged, slightly curved sword. The total length of the sword is about three foot, there are many variations. The katana is forged from two steels; one soft, one hard. These two metals are heated and folded many times, the making of a katana is an art in it self. When well made the katana is light, well balanced, strong, flexible, and resilient. The quality of the forging allows the blade to be razor sharp.

 
   

Tanto: The tanto is a knife, the blade is constructed much like that of a katana. It has varying lengths usually the blade is under seven inches. As the samurai's last line of defense. the tanto is more than a cold shaped piece of metal. The tanto has gone through history as the weapon, which all Samurai men and women held close to them from birth to death. Moreover, the tanto is an extremely versatile working tool and weapon of protection. The tanto was long enough to feign off attacks and short enough to expertly maneuver and manipulate any fighting situation. There are many ways to hold, handle and fight with the short blade. The tanto is extremely easy to conceal and is large enough to stop even the biggest opponent in his tracks. If the tanto is used together with ju-jitsu and other hand/foot techniques it offer a fast and exciting match. The tanto division is the only division where the combatant can use the weapon as well as kicks, hand technique and takedowns to score points.

 
   

Ninja-to: This is the famous sword of the ninja. It has a straight blade approximately 19 inches long. The tsuba or sword guard is usually square in design, and the end of the saya or scabbard is usually pointed. By this design the ninja could stick his sword in the ground and use the handle as a step to climb up to something out of reach, then the ninja would pull up his sword with a string or rope previously attached.

 
   

Wakizashi: The wakizashi is the samurai's short sword. Wakizashi blades are usually around two feet in length. They were often carried together, a matched pair of katana and wakizashi are called a daisho. It is constructed in the same manor as the katana.

 
   
These 2-foot razor-sharp swords also called wakizashi were the Samurai warrior's side arm. The kodachi, which translates into small sword, is known as the spiritual sword of the Samurai. Traditional Japanese ceremonies relied on the presence of a kodachi. The practice of seppuku or the act of suicide by cutting one's stomach uses a kodachi. In battle, this close range weapon offers the combatant the largest selection of technique available. Chanbara's sword of preference is also the versatile kodachi. From the beginner to the master this 2-foot short sword offers the combatant speed and agility allowing for both strong defensive and offensive technique. The distance covered and closed in a swift attack by a well-trained combatant is lighting fast.  

 


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