While most people equate the samurai with the katana, the yabusame knows that the true weapon of the samurai is the yumi, or bow. A master of the bow, both on foot and when mounted, the yabusame rains down death on the enemies of his lord, felling them long before ever they get close enough to draw their swords.
Yabusame is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets. This style of archery has its origins at beginning of Kamakura period. Minamoto no Yoritomo became alarmed at the lack of archery skills his samurai had. He organized yabusame as a form of practice.