Japanese martial artists and sword masters came together in 1969 and modernized the “art of practice” for the new generation of students. Modern society did not allow for injury inflicted nor sustained while sparring. With the lessening of interest in kendo and with the popularity of chanbara flourishing, it became natural that the Japanese once again returned to the sword rediscovering their heritage.
Seeing this demographic change Tanabe Tetsundo created some new training components for the modern sword student. Master Tanabe and his following comprised of some of the most influential swordsmen in Japan called this way of thought Chanbara – a colloquial term known for sword fighting.
Find international information on Chanbara from around the world. Just click on the official Japanese Sports Chanbara web site listed below.