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History
Sōjutsu (槍術), meaning "art of the spear" is the Japanese martial art of fighting with a Japanese spear (槍 yari).
Although the spear had a profound role in early Japanese mythology, where the islands of Japan themselves were said to be created by salt water dripping from the tip of a spear, as a weapon the first spear prototypes were brought from mainland Asia. These early versions were not seen as suitable by the Japanese, who later redesigned them once technology permitted.

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Style
The Yari was a popular weapon throughout the feudal period of Japan, being cheaper to produce and requiring less training than other contemporary battlefield weapons, and lending itself to close formations of ashigaru troops, in conjunction with firearms upon their adoption in Japan. The height of sojutsu's popularity was immediately after the Mongol invasions of the 13th century, who themselves used spearmen in great numbers.
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Videography

Sojutsu Gasshuku

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下鴨神社奉納演武 宝蔵院流槍術 高田派 Hozoin Ryu Takada...

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Shunpukan: Owari Kan ryu sojutsu randori

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Sojutsu-Kono

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Hozoin-ryu Takada-ha Sojutsu (Spear techniques)

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Owarikan-ryu Sojutsu - 37th Nippon Kobudo Embutakai at the...

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