Recent content by Clinton Shaffer

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    Point of Origin?

    Hello Folks! I'm trying to learn the cliff notes of Shaolin Gung Fu and how it came into being. All I know (or have read) is that Bodhidharma traveled from India to China and arrived at the Shaolin Temple where he began teaching meditation to the monks. Because they kept falling asleep during...
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    Wing Chun Guiding Principle

    Thank you! Now, you mentioned the WC alphabet. Would you mind expanding on that a little? I must admit that I, too, have been neglectful about learning it.
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    Wing Chun Guiding Principle

    I think that's a good idea. Let me begin by stating that I'm not familiar enough with the different iterations and lineages of Wing Chun to say where one difference begins and another ends. That being said... In my limited study of Wing Chun, I have made these primary observations regarding...
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    Wing Chun Guiding Principle

    No, sir, but I can see where my question would sound like that. In fact, I can see where my question sounds open ended at least. I think I'm just trying to answer a hundred questions before they're even asked lol.
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    Wing Chun Guiding Principle

    I've researched this topic a fair bit and every source of information seems to have a different answer (maybe because of the different iterations of this art). So, I'd like to hear it from some of you fine practitioners: What is the guiding principle(s) to Wing Chun and how would you describe...
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    The feel of the blade

    And I will happily provide them. Thank you again to all those heavy contributors to this thread. And please, I don't want anyone to interpret this post as the end of this thread. I encourage anyone who wishes to add to this discussion to add their thoughts. I will regularly check this thread...
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    The feel of the blade

    Brendan, Flying Crane, Ishin Wed all love to know your thoughts on this.
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    The feel of the blade

    And if you act now, that sword can be yours for the low low price of $19,999.95 LOL
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    The feel of the blade

    You are correct, sir. Thank you for that information. It is, in fact, an alloy of zinc and... something else lol.
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    The feel of the blade

    Heavy thanks thus far to all the contributors of this thread. I have picked up some FANTASTIC knowledge and it has helped my quest immensely. Again thank you!
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    The feel of the blade

    If I wanted to spend about $1000 on a shinken, where could I go online to find a sword at a quality level worthy of the cost. I recognize that the amount I have specified is less than 1/10th what one could pay for a quality shinken. Still...
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    The feel of the blade

    I just realized that you answered my question of if the different heating methods will make a difference. So, please disregard that 5th dimension from my post lol.
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    The feel of the blade

    Excellent points. As it just so happens, I am referring to the weight of MY iaito and Katana. I believe the iaito to be of good construction but I just can't be sure about the Katana. You are right in that the Tsuba and Tsuka are shaped differently between the two swords. The Tsuka of the...
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    The feel of the blade

    So, some months ago, I bought a katana from swords of northshire for about $380. Now, prior to receiving this sword, I practiced with an Iaito from Tozando in Japan. The two swords feel completely differently and I want to make sure I understand why. The iaito is far easier to handle than the...
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    Looking for a live blade

    Thank you, Crane! Your input has been invaluable for this quest. Peace and honor be with you!
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