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Old November 16th, 2012, 05:26 AM   #11

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Old November 17th, 2012, 07:25 AM   #12

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Let's just say it's a one on one combat between an average yeniceray swordsman and an average samurai swordsman.

As far as I know the samurai style is fast, much faster than the European style. You can just see those American or European swordsmen-actors in those American Samurai movies. They just look pedestrian, so to speak, against a whirlwind-like samurai. Of course the American/European good guy eventually wins in the end though.

I once got whacked on the head with a bamboo sword, on my first attempt at kendo during a training visit to Kitakyushu many years ago. And my 'opponent' was a girl about 20 years old. That means she would have killed me if it was a real sword. But I did get her on the tummy, using the western 'drop and slash' technique, prior to that. So I would have slit her gut too, if it was a real sword.

Still, guys like Michael Dudikoff, Steven Seagal, JCVD and co. would know their katana as well as any Japanese, I would venture a guess.

But movies are just what they are. Movies. You can't really predict a real life outcome based on one. But they do give you a bit of a clue.

All in all, any battle seasoned warrior worth his salt would have been wielding his blade well enough not to be a pushover for any opponent. 50-50 for me.

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An "average" samurai would have been using a spear on the battlefield, not a sword. Or a bow, if it was the 12th century. And he'd have been on horseback.
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An "average" samurai would have been using a spear on the battlefield, not a sword. Or a bow, if it was the 12th century. And he'd have been on horseback.
And if he had a sword as a sidearm it wouldn't be a katana (at least not what one thinks of as a katana, which was a late period sword). It would be a tachi, or an uchigatana (also a Katana, but thicker, slightly shorter, and sometimes not very high quality, at least in periods where mass produced weapons were required. Muromachi period uchigatanas were very high quality).

And even in the 15th-17th centuries the samurai may be on horseback as well, depending on his role on the battlefield.
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