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“The katana is a sword developed during the Kamakura period (1185 to 1333) and it became my passion. The idea for this course came from my desire to share this passion with others.


The most obvious subject covered in the class, which I teach at the University of Tennessee, involves the various techniques of using the sword. The techniques are from iaido and are centuries old.”

Lance England, an instructor in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, answers questions about his course Samurai Swordsmanship. Read the full article on The Conversation.

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