The Art of the Sword was one of the minor martial arts, a defensive brand of jiujutsu to be utilized with the katana in hand. It was devised in the 6th century by a monk, former Lion Clan Champion Akodo Toru. The fighting style granted bushi a chance to defend themselves with their free hand or the hilt of a blade while pressed into close quarters. [1]

Style Edit

While the art relied on having a katana in hand, did not utilize the weapon for attack. It had to be used by a student also skilled in kenjutsu, and taught unarmed attacks and parries intended to gain advantage in close range, or to allow a swordsman to free himself when pressed. It could be used in meditation, through the complex kata performed the practitioner could gain great focus and clarity. [1]

Training Edit

The art had only a few definable maneuvers which required a great deal of repetition, concentration and discipline to be performed without thought. [2]

  • The novice student learned how to combine unarmed attacks and sword strikes fluidly into a single form.
  • The expert continued to combine kenjutsu and jiujutsu, allowing fierce unarmed strikes to be directed against unprepared opponents.
  • The master was an expert of using unarmed techniques to slip out of harm's way, allowing him to slaughter enemies with the katana.

Known Advanced Maneuvers Edit


  1. 1.0 1.1 Way of the Open Hand, p. 71
  2. Way of the Open Hand, pp. 71-72

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