Calm Intention said:I'll just say(after the worry on the other thread), that my swords all have the correct width of tang- even wider than the depiction I've seen displayed above.
Swordlady said:BUT...there's more to a *functional* sword than the tang. It's also the material used (I said it once and will say it again: Stainless steel is usually NOT used for *functional* swords!) and the heat treat. And don't forget about the blade's distal taper, which helps the sword feel well-balanced.
Calm Intention said:You're being too kind to me, but I respect that very much.
Other than the fact that I 'really do' work out with all the weapons I had mentioned(every day), I'm unfortunately blank to many of the important things you've mentioned.
Calm Intention said:When you mention 'functional', if I'm only beating air molecules, where's my real concern at?
Calm Intention said:*a little aside here:
I've a pipe I keep at work(they aren't keen on swords ), and that substitutes as my sword(same length- somewhat more weighted), and I would say that that is very 'functional', and possibly more dangerous because 'it is not sharp'. Somehow, I think I've not the same respect for it as I do my sword, machette's, cleavers, etc.;; and I can't go a month without clocking myself in the skull:idunno: .
Swordlady said:Okay...you acknowledge that you have not been aware of what comprises a *real* sword. What are you going to do with that new-found knowledge?
Because a two-foot (or longer) stainless steel blade can snap at any moment, even with a half-powered swing. Remember what I said earlier about the brittleness of stainless steel without the proper heat treat?
So...what does that tell you, if you've been hitting yourself on the head? I also train with a bokken, and I assure you that it gets the same amount of respect as my shinken. And I haven't hit myself with the bokken yet.
Calm Intention said:Hi SL,
I don't have a car, but I'm tempted to bring one of my swords to you for evaluation(we are both from Philly right?).
Calm Intention said:That pipe is very heavy...by the way; but true, if my focus was what it should be- at all times- I wouldn't inadvertently clunk my noggin now and then.
Calm Intention said:This is same with my double sticks vs. double machette or cleavers.
It could be that with the sticks, I go quicker, and also get mentally lazy- maybe somehow evaluating the potential harm to myself at some subconscious level?? Who knows.
Swordlady said:Hold on...did you say that you're in Philly? Why don't you stop by the dojo where I train? Manogue Sensei teaches the first Saturday of the month (the senior students teach class the rest of the month), and will be in class next Saturday. Send him an email through our website: http://www.flatfishdesign.com/yagyu/
There is a heavy bokken called a suburi, but is not used for solo kata work. It is used for strengthening your arms. You should definitely NOT be doing anything with a heavy pipe that would result in you getting clocked on the head.
Please tell me that your machetes and cleavers are dulled. Twirling around one sword Conan-style is dangerous enough. Twirling around two sharpened blades is just downright stupid, to put it rather bluntly.
With all seriousness, come down to the dojo next Saturday. It's very easy to reach by public transportation.
But... you're not even a beginner yet... You really do need to either put it down, or for your own safety, get into a dojo so you can at least learn enough not to be a danger to yourself and others.Calm Intention said:Its all about my focus. I do not recommend any of what I do to the beginner.
Charles Mahan said:But... you're not even a beginner yet... You really do need to either put it down, or for your own safety, get into a dojo so you can at least learn enough not to be a danger to yourself and others.
I am wondering...do you have any formal martial art training? What frame of reference are you using, in terms of determining your own skill level - since you do not consider yourself a "beginner"?Calm Intention said:*I'll try again, I wrote for about 15 min, and it didn't take(??).
What is a beginner?
Someone trains in a formal setting for one year and just doesn't get it, is that person any more a beginner than myself?
One of the difference between a trained person's mishaps and the untrained person's mishaps is that the trained person has an instructor who can usually point out what went wrong. Or that person could also pick up on the mistake on their own, and learn from it. The other thing to consider is that a trained person would most likely have some perception of safety in movement, and not try to do anything outside of that realm (hopefully).Calm Intention said:For that matter, the trained person infrequently has mishaps(but accidents happen), do I blame their 'formal training', or lack of focus.
I get hurt, or have a mishap, is it do to my lack of formal training, or is it similar to the trained one who lost their focus momentarily?
Okay...you understand that you are picking up many "bad habits" with your self-training - and you continue with it anyway? And with very UNSAFE practices, no less?Calm Intention said:I understand your concern Charles, and as far as I see things, its not the 'training with sharp' thats the issue here, its forging a wrong foundation(imprecise movement).
Answer me this: Do you think it would be wise for someone to get up one morning and decide to "self-train" in gymnastics? Imagine such a person attempting a vault - WITHOUT any formal training whatsoever. Can you see how things may (and probably will) go wrong?Calm Intention said:If you missed it before, I've a background in chess and did gymnastics back in highschool, so I know how violation of the obligatory things is bad bad bad; and these re-inforced habits are difficult to break.....but I am aware.
Real JSA training is accessible to you now. So what is holding you back from pursuing it?Calm Intention said:I'm also aware that the Sword Arts martial discipline and spirit, is above the others, so I understand the concern being shown, and I apologize for my violation of the tradition.
If the day comes that I get involved in formal training, I will most certainly do the right thing at that time.
You wouldn't be able to see any "action" from the street, since we train on the second floor. By all means, stop on by and have a talk with my sensei. Ask him what he thinks about your current practice.Calm Intention said:**SwordLady, I checked the website, and I know exactly where your dojo is- have passed it often, and even stretched my neck to see some of the action from the street.
I may attempt to stop by next week, thankyou again.
Swordlady said:You wouldn't be able to see any "action" from the street, since we train on the second floor.
Chris deMonch said:Anywho, active training trumps book pontification. Without the afformentioned training context all it really enables one to do is wax philosophical about things it's doubtful they completely get in the first place.
Chris deMonch said:Reading books about martial philosophy without the context of appropriate training generally falls short. The Heiho Kadensho, a central text of the Yagyu Shinkage Ryu by Yagyu Munenori, is translated and read by a much wider audience than the handful of people actively training in that style. However, this doesn't stop people for whom the book wasn't written from reading it however they want. I used to talk with people and they'd say, "well, I'm influenced by the Yagyu philosophy!" to which I'd say, "oh? So what's that?"
Same thing goes for Musashi's Go Rin No Sho, an Isshin Ryu karate guy (just an example) can read it, but it's doubtful he'll understand it like a guy belonging to Niten Ichi Ryu.
Anywho, active training trumps book pontification. Without the afformentioned training context all it really enables one to do is wax philosophical about things it's doubtful they completely get in the first place.
Flying Crane said:Go To Swordlady's Dojo.