The art of Honjojutsu is very much based upon the codes, conducts and ethics of the Bushido Warrior Class of Samurai, were as the art itself stems from the feudal period of Japanese history as a hole. During this Sengoku period between the 14th and 16th century japan and the provinces were governed by ruling classes Eager and thirsty for power, dominance and control over ruling classes and land in Japan, but primarily for money and power. There are however many Ryu schools in Japan and systems that teach the Sword worldwide each with an individualistic approach and flavour to fighting techniques and methods. Honjojutsu as a traditionally based sword drawing art style is centred around the Sengoku methodology of warfare during that period known as the style of Battōjutsu, ( or the study of Warfare ) rather than many styles such as Iaido, Iaijutsu and Kenjutsu that were developed during the peaceful Edo period of Japan round the 16th to 18th century were the sword arts became more ritualised and spiritual in nature. Honjojutsu therefor deals very much with the bare bones, blood and sweat of warfare, being tactical and direct both in the speed of the draw “Iai”, and in close quarters with your enemy as on the battlefield. The uniforms and Katanas used are practical and unpretentious, not flamboyant or elaborate ceremonially. The style is both fast and direct in its approach and manner, not slow and deliberate for demonstrations or Shows. And there will never be a compromise between what looks good to what’s correct and practical as a fighting system. Honjojutsu teaches a three tier education from Basic, Intermediate, to Advanced as an introduction towards the fundamentals of swordsmanship. Working through a comprehensive and detailed Syllabus as the basis of a structured educational program. As both long and short swords are the primary weapons used, all aspects of each are implemented and taught within the core structure of the system to be learned by students. If you are looking to learning the way of the sword, and not all the pomp and ceremonies attached, then you are in the right place. So here it is, “You and your Sword” “Your Enemy” and the art of Honjoutsu Katori Ryu. Wow! ( It’s like shooting Ducks in a Barrel ).