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  1. jonpalombi

    Well… There goes another one...

    I concur Aidan, There is a distinct difference between that which is a hard; difficult or challenging task or achievement... and that which embodies hardness (like stone, wood, metal or external martial systems). Training oneself to move from the dantian and work to release the tension that...
  2. jonpalombi

    Colour of Dragons in Chinese Myth and Names

    Hey Aidan, As we previously discussed, any of my searches have corroborated Pam's findings. Google seems to come up empty-handed. I just uploaded my very first thread on China History Forum (about your quest for the Green Dragon). Check it out...
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    The Jian

    Nihao Gentlemen, This is a most intriguing thread. I do feel that much of it's content is bogged-down by semantics. We cannot seem to agree on the primordial definition of the word "jian". I firmly support the idea that Warring States period, Qin and Han Dynasty double-edged swords are, in...
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    Question on this Korean Ring Pommel Sword from the Three Kingdoms Period

    Greetings All, For those of you following gman87's thread, I have at long-last, procured positive proof of the origin of this reproduction "Korean" sword. It is, in fact, manufactured in mainland China (which I was certain from the very get-go). The forge is Jkoo Sword Manufacturer and can be...
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    Question on this Korean Ring Pommel Sword from the Three Kingdoms Period

    Hi gman87, Your question is neither stupid or irrelevant. In fact, you seem to possess a keen intellect and are open to friendly discussion. Yes, even hand-forged blades are often ground and polished with machinery. In many cases, a power-hammer is used to forge-fold the steel into as many as...
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    what sword manufactures

    Buenos Dias Manny, I agree with much of what has been posted in this thread, starting with Ken's initial statement. Since you have yet to enroll in formal classes... this must come further down the road. Be very careful of self-training, however, as this can lead to many problems. Study is...
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    Question on this Korean Ring Pommel Sword from the Three Kingdoms Period

    Hey guys, I knew I had seen a design nearly identical this is one, before. Zhi Swords in mainland China forges this one, which has a single-edged blade but the tip is not clipped or have a kissaki shape to it. Also, it has no wide central fuller. Still, it looks quite a bit similar...
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    Question on this Korean Ring Pommel Sword from the Three Kingdoms Period

    Hi gman87, I really, really hate forum bullies. You know, those who feel their knowledge is deeper or greater than another's understanding? It is my sincere wish, not to come off as one. I am not personally, such an opinionated blow-hard. now, if I have come across as one of those arrogant...
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    Question on this Korean Ring Pommel Sword from the Three Kingdoms Period

    Well gman87, Frankly, you wont be able to find an expert to verify it's authenticity, as it is apparently a modern replica from mainland China. I've been a Korean sword enthusiast since 1975 and I have been collecting authentic antique swords since the early 1990's. Antique Korean swords are...
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    Did Musashi ever practice Iaido?

    Hi Matt, Sorry you are banned but such is the nature of existence. Well, it would certainly have been marvelous if Musashi had even met Tsukahara Bokuden, let alone, have studied with him. They were born 95 years apart and Bokuden died in 1571 (13 years before Miamoto Musashi was born). For...
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    Looking to train in Chinese Straight Sword

    True enough White Crane, Whenever any traditional master takes his/her lineage to the marketplace, there is a fine line between supplying students with a definitive guideline for the structure of the form or application they are currently learning... and a conscious effort to make money. Which...
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    Looking to train in Chinese Straight Sword

    Ni hao Michael, Yeah, I admit that I may be reading you all wrong. Furthermore, I was offensive and for that, I do apologise. I interpreted your comments as mean-spirited and am willing to concede that I could have been misinterpreting your intentions. I take back several of my adversarial...
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    Looking to train in Chinese Straight Sword

    Good Evening Gents, I must say, I feel somewhat embarrassed that I have not revisited this thread since my last comments. I am hardly surprised by the reactions Flying Crane expresses (whoever he really is), to the idea of an open and friendly discussion about training within the parameters of...
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    Looking to train in Chinese Straight Sword

    Hey Ishinryu Guy, I admire your honesty and obvious desire to study jianfa. I don't completely agree with Flying Crane, in regards to self-study-training (nor do I think it is appropriate to be sarcastic to a sincere person). There can never really be serious progress without a qualified Sifu...
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    Chinese Sword Art Book List.

    Well Folks, As is my nature, I have waited until my second read-through this fascinating book, The Complete Taiji Dao: the Art of the Chinese Saber, to give a definitive proclamation. I find this publication both, brilliant and pivotal in it's importance! Granted, being a big fan of Master...
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    Chinese Swordsmanship Seminar in Brattleboro, Vermont on December 5th & 6th, 2009.

    Thank you Sir, I just wanted to emphasize, that this seminar is open to all sword students regardless of tradition or personal lineage. We have a unique cluster of brothers-in-arms (a couple sisters, too), from quite diverse martial backgrounds. We have fencers, Italian Rapier players, German...
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    Chinese Swordsmanship Seminar in Brattleboro, Vermont on December 5th & 6th, 2009.

    Greetings All, We are proud to announce the 11th New England Area Chinese Swordsmanship Seminar, taught by Sifu Scott M. Rodell. This weekend long, training-session will be hosted by the Brattleboro School of Budo, on December 5th & 6th, 2009 (in Brattleboro, Vermont). This 2-day seminar...
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    Which sword art do you study?

    Thank you Sir, Yes, I have been fortunate to have had Scott as my Chinese antiquities dealer, my friend and my Sifu (I actually knew Teacher Rodell for 10 years, before becoming a formal student). His unswerving adherence to traditional authenticity, keeps our system grounded and most genuine...
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    Chinese Sword Art Book List.

    Hey Guys, Master Zhang Yun has just released his book: The Complete Taiji Dao: The Art of the Chinese Saber. While I have never, ever recommended a book I have yet to read... this is a first! Based solely on the authority of his first ground-breaking book, The Art of Chinese Swordsmanship...
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    Which sword art do you study?

    Greetings All, I first began to formally study swordsmanship under the guidance of my tae kwon do teacher, Master Il Hoi Kim. While I had been fascinated by the classic stories (in literature and movies) of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Ivanhoe, The Three Musketeers, Zorro...
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    A nice Balanced Jian

    Greetings Mr. or Ms. bowser666, In regards to the Hanwei Qi jian, don't use it for a cutting sword. I am a student of Sifu Scott Rodell and he has been testing Chinese cutting swords for several years now. In fact, he is an authorized dealer of both Huanuo and Hanwei production swords. Hanwei...
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    The Jian

    Hi guys, I've always been the type of person to take the "time-honored wisdom" of our ancestral fathers (in terms of our personal martial lineage) at face value. If, during the unfolding of my practice, I find this "wisdom" somehow inaccurate or exaggerated... just what am I supposed to think...
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    iaido vs iaijutsu?

    Yes, that is my understanding as well. Iaido is for polishing the soul by perfecting the initial draw/cut and follow-through. This becomes crystal clear when embracing tameshigiri practice. Iaijutsu/iaijitsu/kenjutsu/kenjitsu would naturally follow, being the art & science of reacting to the...
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    opinions of cold steel japanese swords

    Hey Ninjamom, Say, do Haedong Gumdo practitioners strictly adhere to cutting with Korean-forged jingum or is it acceptable to use Japanese-style shinken? And if so, how are the many forges in China, offering katanas at affordable price-points (like Hanwei, Huanuo, Last Legend, Dynasty Forge...
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    opinions of cold steel japanese swords

    Hey Michael, Shinken are katana/ "real weapons", insofar as their ability to cut and/or kill (a tatami mat or a living opponent). Both iaito and shinken are katanas, yet, do they resemble historic examples closely enough to be considered authentic? Are they forged in the same traditional...
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    opinions of cold steel japanese swords

    Greetings All, As a spin-off forge from Huanuo Sword Arts (Fred Chen and the boys), there can really be little question about the quality of these Japanese-styled cutting swords. They are tough. However, there are 3 primary problems with them. overall. :knight2...
  27. jonpalombi

    JSA Book List

    Greetings All, I would also recommend Naked Blade and Crimson Steel by Toshishiro Obata. Sadly, they are now out-of-print. More recently, he has written Shinkendo Japanese Swordsmanship and Shinkendo Tameshigiri. My favorite JSA book ,recently, is Samurai Fighting Arts by Fumon Tanaka. It's...
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    Chinese Sword Art Book List.

    Greetings All, I would agree with all of the about mentioned books. I have them all. I would like to suggest these two: Chinese Swordsmanship .The Yang Family Taiji Jian Tradition. ISBN 0-9743999-4-9 A Practical Guide to Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship ISBN...
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