How to Hold a Katana for Sword Fighting

Learn how to hold a katana sword from Sensei Oliver Martin in this katana sword fighting video from Howcast.


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You'll be ready to challenge someone to a duel -- and win! -- after you take the katana sword fighting lessons in this video series. Watch as Sensei Oliver Martin demonstrates all the moves you need to know to wield a katana with confidence.




So when you're first learning to hold the Katana, it's important to understand that it's very different from a baseball bat. You want to actually grip it in your hand at about a 45 degree angle. And more or less, grasp it firmly with the pinkie and the ring finger, and then a little bit more loosely with the middle and the index finger. And same for the rear hand. It's going to rest in my hand at about a 45 degree angle, okay just like so. And this is about the distance between the two hands. Not here, together, they're really as far apart as I can get them, while still maintaining that 45 degree angle. And so that's how I want to be able to hold the sword so I can get a pushing and pulling type of motion. And that's just a little bit about how to hold the sword properly.


  • Sensei Oliver Martin

    Bujinkan Maten Dojo was established in 2005 in NYC when Sensei Oliver Martin began teaching Budo Taijutsu on a regular basis to a select group of students interested in studying traditional Japanese budo/ninjutsu. Maten Dojo has grown into an exclusive bicoastal Budo Taijutsu dojo based in NYC. Oliver Martin is the head instructor of Bujinkan Maten Ninjutsu Dojo. Oliver lived in Tokyo for over three years where he trained on a weekly basis with Soke Masaaki Hatsumi and Shihan Toshiro Nagato. Sensei Martin has over 17 years of Bujinkan martial arts training experience and he continues to travel each year to train with Soke Hatsumi. Oliver is a professional actor living in NYC.