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History
Yari (槍) is the term for one of the traditionally made Japanese blades (nihonto) in the form of a spear, or more specifically, the straight-headed spear. The martial art of wielding the yari is called sojutsu.
Early yari are believed to have been derived from Chinese spears, these hoko yari are thought to be from the Nara period (710-794)., and while they were present in early Japan's history, the term yari appeared for the first time in written sources in 1334 but this type of spear did not become popular until the late 1400s.

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Style
Yari were characterized by a straight blade that could be anywhere from several centimeters to 3 feet or more in length. The blades were made of the same steel (tamahagane) that traditional Japanese swords and arrow heads were forged with, and were very durable. Throughout history many variations of the straight yari blade were produced, often with protrusions on a central blade. Yari blades (points) often had an extremely long tang (nakago); typically the nagako would be longer than the sharpened portion of the blade. The nakago protruded into a re-enforced hollow portion of the handle (tachiuchi or tachiuke) resulting in a very stiff shaft making it nearly impossible for the blade to fall or break off.
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Videography

Kukishin ryu Yari

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Spear (Yari) fighting - Armed combat & tactics

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Sojutsu (槍術) / Yari Jutsu [The Art of Spear] Kasumi no Ho

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Toyama- & Nakamura Ryu Battodo #21: So-jutsu...

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How to Use the Yari | Ninjutsu Lessons

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Bujinkan Taikai - techniques Yari and Bo

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