Category Archives: Japanese sword


The sharp blade of the antique Japanese sword was poised, its tip resting on my index finger by the sheath. Sensei – my teacher – stood two feet away from me. His sword was sheathed as he regarded me with … Continue reading

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STRICKEN AND BEREAVED On May 15th, 2015, students and teachers of kenjutsu, the art of Japanese sword, converged for a special opening of a new dojo of Savvos Savopoulos’s Sensei’s sword school. When they set out on their joyful pilgrimage, … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – Fall into your cut. Control gravity.

Frank raised his sword and cut at my forehead. I got out of the way, unscathed, feet whispering against the carpet. I cut his wrist. We did it again. I got this, I thought, catching my reflection in the mirror. … Continue reading

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THURSDAY MORNING COFFEE BLOG – Small, precise effort

SMALL, PRECISE EFFORT The world has conspired to force-feed me arcane knowledge. I mean, how else can I explain when teachers of 4 disparate disciplines tell me to do the same thing? Karate and kenjutsu have their similarities – but … Continue reading

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