Chanbara Swords

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The art and need of the sword has been among us for thousands of years, yet there was no way to train, fight and compete without pain, suffering and sometimes death.

Wood, metal and bamboo swords offered the combatant a cumbersome and often dangerous venue to train and practice.

New age swords, designed by Japanese swordsmen, enabled them to develop and hone their fighting strategies at full speed.

Rhythm and timing were also accelerated at an unbelievably fast rate. You can now take advantage of that design and develop your personal sword fighting and fencing strategies and techniques.

There are two varieties of swords used in chanbara:

Choken:
The choken 40-inch sword is by far the combatant’s sword of preference. It is designed from the world-famous Japanese samurai sword coupled with advances in science and technology.

The choken consists of 28 inches of striking area and 12 inches of handle, offering the combatant a realistic fight in the Ultimate Physical Game of Chess.

Choken

Full-speed offensive and defensive capabilities give the combatant a large array of fighting possibilities. Capture the rigors of real contact sparring with this amazing Action Flex sword.

Mini-ken 34-inch sword.

Mini-ken

Throughout history, swordsmen have scaled down their swords to fit younger hands and beginners. The 34-inch mini-ken, which consists of 24 inches of striking area and 10 inches of handle, is designed for the younger martial artist and sword practitioner who has difficulty wielding the longer choken sword.

The length of the blade also offers young and adult combatants strong defensive and offensive capabilities. This medium range one- or two-handed sword is sometimes called a shoto or gunto.

The longer choken sword is more difficult to wield and consequently, most combatants start off with a smaller version, then graduate to the longer and faster choken. This is a personal preference only. Matches using the choken offer the combatant a realistic fight and a chance to play the Ultimate Physical Game of Chess.

Scoring Points:
The target areas of the body are head, torso, legs and arms. Slashing, thrusting and cutting techniques receive points. All completed mein, kote, do, ashi and tsuki strikes are legal. The strike must be clean and swift, not allowing the opponent to make a counterattack.

Kodachi

Kodachi:
The kodachi is the most forgiving weapon for beginning and intermediate combatants who wish to practice and match wits in the Ultimate Physical Game of Chess. From the beginner to the master, this two-foot short sword offers the combatant speed and agility.

The length of the blade also offers a strong defense as well as a good offense. This reliable medium-range, one-handed sword offers 18 inches of striking area with 6 inches of handle.

Scoring Points:
The target areas of the body are head, torso, legs and arms. Slashing, thrusting and cutting techniques receive points. All completed mein, kote, do, ashi and tsuki strikes are legal. The strike must be clean and swift, not allowing the opponent to make a counterattack.