The katana isn’t meant for cutting the way you know it, if you’ve ever seen kendo drills you realize this. The katana is meant for rigid, dodge-based combat between two individuals. This is a style that developed from the limitations of the katana, which was inherently weaker than a European sword due to the poor quality of Japanese iron. The style of combat is to dodge the enemies attacks, not actually parry them.
Meanwhile, European sword combat, based off of the inherently better iron in Europe, was based around parrying the enemy’s attacks while using footwork and a shield to fight many more opponents than yourself. The Hand-And-A-Half sword, the Longsword, the Bastard Sword, the Riding Sword, whatever you want to call it, developed out of the need for a weapon that could block attacks and fight in extremely tight quarters while still being useful in field warfare. The broadsword is just as adept as cutting as the katana is. It isn’t whacking people around, it’s an art and skill developed from hundreds of years of combat.
Both swords have different jobs, but in a straight up fight the katana loses due to the fact that the style of fighting a katana uses depends entirely on the foe’s ability to dodge so that both swords won’t get shattered. The Bastard Sword has no such limitations as the quality of manufacture and iron is far superior.
98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
though a well recognized fixture around several of the city’s churches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living entirely off his monthly state pension of 80 euros and the kindness of others.
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Long time no texting! Sorry for the silence and lack of activity here on the site. If you are wondering what we have been up to then here’s an update on what has kept us so busy:
Most of the time has been spent researching how to best run the company so we won’t waste the…
Causes of death include but are not limited to: pushed down a cliff, suffocated, vaporized by weapons, killed by various aliens, poisoned by exotic plant thorns, struck by lightning, stepped on an exploding rock, beaten by sticks, loss of erythrocytes, turned into a cuboctehedron and then crushed, beamed into open space, and rapid cellular decay.
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