By Jikishin Kobudo, Jun 22 2016 11:25AM
This outstanding piece of footage claimed to be from 1897 shows young men wearing bougu and fighting with shinai. If one looks closely you can see several insights into the martial experience of the time.
The men are clearly having "fun" and at first we thought this was theatrical, but on closer inspection we can see advanced martial arts techniques being used.
Watch carefully at the start and you will see the Kusarigama being wielded. For those of us who use the Kusarigama this film is a priceless treasure. Just who is the Sensei sat down? We may never know. but we will search to identify him. Can you help?