The Lethality and Effectiveness of Sword Techniques to the Head

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Discussions on- and offline with interested layman and practitioners of martial arts sometimes touch upon the lethality and effectiveness of sword techniques as taught in traditional Japanese martial arts. A common topic within this discussion is the effectiveness of sword attacks against the head. I try to add to this discussion from the view of a Hokushin Ittō-ryū Hyōhō (HIRH) kenshi (swordsman) who studies this art directly under the sōke (headmaster) and is currently a Hatsu-Mokuroku ranked Shidōin (teacher) of the art. I’ll provide quotes from several sources, mainly anthropological, archaeological, anatomical and forensical research as well as some entry level reading.

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