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Title [Asia] Tantojutsu

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Name Tantojutsu
Alternative Names
Origin Japan
Main Techniques Weapon-based
Weapons (if weapon-based) Knives
Purpose of Practice Warrior Arts
Type of Origination Transmitted
Degree of Sportification
Yes (Year: )      No
General Information Tantojutsu is a Japanese martial art that uses a small knife called tanto. Like other lesser known styles, Tantojutsu is part of kenjutsu which is the umbrella term for all Japanese swordsmanship styles. Tanto is a traditional Japanese weapon invented in the Heian period from the 8th to 12th century. Samurai warriors carried tanto as a backup weapon of katana, their primary weapon. As it is a type of a short bladed knife, it was effective in close quarter combat for quick defence.
History/Development
Transmission
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Tantojutsu was popular in feudal times of Japan when carrying long swords was prohibited. They used a different form of tanto called kaiken that was shorter than tanto. Tantojutsu has declined over time and now there are not many practitioners.
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Additional Materials
References - Butouken. (s.d.). “Exploring the Japanese Martial Art Tantojutsu”. Butouken.

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