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A Japanese samurai would traditionally carry two swords: a katana and a wakizashi. These two swords are collectively referred to as “daisho” which means large and small in Japanese. The Katana is the larger sword of the two and is usually recognized by its single-edged blade and distinct curvature.
Wakizashi – these are smaller than the katana and typically measure between 12 to 24 inches. It’s been said that the Wakizashi were usually worn together with the katana by samurai warriors. The katana and Wakizashi were companion swords used by samurai warriors to monstrous effect in battle.
Judo (meaning “gentle way”) is a modern martial art, combat and Olympic sport created in Japan in 1882 by Jigoro Kano . Its most prominent feature is its competitive element, where the objective is to either throw or takedown an opponent to the ground, immobilize or otherwise subdue an opponent with a pin, or force an opponent to submit with a joint lock or a choke. Strikes and thrusts by hands and feet as well as weapons defenses are a part of judo, but only in pre-arranged forms (kata,) and are not allowed in judo competition or free practice. A judo practitioner is called a judoka.