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Archive for May 2007

Fudebakudo in Medieval Europe

Most people familiar with Fudebakudo know it as an oriental martial art. Its history — traced right back to its introduction to China some time around 500AD — is described in a little more detail in the book. But its spread into the West, probably following the spice routes overland through Constantinople, is not so […]

Seni 2007

Well, we survived Seni 2007 — see the full report. Shoko-san skilfully holds a copy of the book without obscuring any of the cover artwork This year, for the first time our veteran sales champion Jun-san was unable to join us — she's returned to Japan where I believe she now lives as a hermit in […]

Seni I-Spy

The big martial arts expo Seni is this weekend (at ExCel, London). Exploding Pen will be there selling and signing books (and selling T-shirts). If you come along, come and say hello and applaud the fact that, unlike many martial art wannabes, we still take it all terribly seriously. Oh yes. The fact is that […]

Longbows: the string's the thing

Last month I went with my friend Mr Wolf (yes, he is probably the same one who's in all the fairy tales) to visit bowyer Pip Bickerstaffe of Bickerstaffe Bows in Kegworth (to be cheesy, that's not terribly far from Sherwood Forest). It was a fascinating trip and Pip was generous with his time — he's […]