Uncovering the Art of Batto Fighting

It’s hard to think of Japan without also remembering the samurai, feudal warriors who have become synonymous with the art of Japanese sword fighting. Of course, these days it’s hard to find anybody wielding a sword, let alone a true samurai, but fortunately Destination Asia Japan can introduce your clients to “batto”, a ritualized form of sword fighting rooted in samurai traditions. Under the watch of a knowledgeable master, guests will first practice the correct stance and cutting techniques with a dummy sword to get a feel for its weight and movement through the air. The master then demonstrates how to cut a rolled tatami mat using a real curved “katana” blade. Then it is the guests turn to show their prowess with a real sword! They too can experience cutting through a rolled tatami mat before being treated to a ritualized swordfight demonstration by the master and his apprentice. Finally, learn how the master looks after and maintains the delicate blade of the katana.

Watch the blade of the katana in action! https://youtu.be/oNpZ1O5ZbmI

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