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by Dan Pasek
Fri May 18, 2012 10:09 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 27930

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

Scott, Thanks a lot for that post, it really emphasizes what a cutting blade is going through and reinforces your emphasis on safety, checking the weapon before and after usage to ensure its integrity! Even when the resulting cut looks nice and smooth, the blade is undergoing significant distortions...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Jun 21, 2011 4:16 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 8496

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

To me, both arrangements make sense, and if one looks at the transformations between the five phases rather than the absolute correspondences between them and the ‘steps’ in Taijquan, then it perhaps does not matter which is used. The only reason that I tend to favor the advance (forward) = ‘metal’ ...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Jun 21, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed
Replies: 12
Views: 7282

Re: Huanuo Royal Peony Mono Steel & San Mai Jians Reviewed

The point of balance is as far as I remember historically inaccurate for a jian, as the variation was some 5.5" to 6.5" with a strong emphasis at 6". Nick, I think that the POB that you cite is taken from where the handle meets the guard. To compare with what was posted previously you would need to...
by Dan Pasek
Thu Jun 16, 2011 2:44 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 8496

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

I was taught very strict information... Josh, I am not so certain that your analogies about numbers or colors are appropriate since the Wuxing is essentially illustrating relationships between the five phases – and when arranged in a star shape the relationships would still apply whichever star-poi...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Jun 15, 2011 12:37 pm
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?
Replies: 31
Views: 8496

Re: What is distinctive about Taijiquan?

Josh, While I generally like what you have written, and it is obvious that you have given a lot of thought to this, I want to point out a few things that you may want to think about clarifying or refining. First, while I was taught the same five phases correlations that you list (i.e. “forward=metal...
by Dan Pasek
Fri Jun 03, 2011 9:51 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: A recall of arms, the close of the Qing Dynasty
Replies: 1
Views: 1389

Re: A recall of arms, the close of the Qing Dynasty

I have compelling evidence that suggests at the close of the Qing Dynasty there was a recall of Military sidearms/swords within all Chinese states that were moved to various wharehouses in 1911...I guess a change of the guard so to speak with new regulation forms being adopted for the onset of the ...
by Dan Pasek
Mon Dec 20, 2010 4:49 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 19554

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

I am looking for a source to supply me with a small amount of a specific wood (Tielimu 铁力木 or 'ironwood') in order to have Graham Cave reproduce Chinese wooden sparring swords (Jian) using historic Taiwanese material that was used for a pair of wooden swords purchased ca 1970, but I have not had muc...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Sep 28, 2010 9:55 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Yang Public staff
Replies: 5
Views: 2190

Re: Yang Public staff

David, While conditioning drills (including development of fajin power) often uses staff (or spear), some Yang style traditions do have staff as a sparring weapon. I personally have learned one choreographed sparring set for staff (coming from BP Chan lineage) as well as being shown another short on...
by Dan Pasek
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:30 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 19554

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Since 1974, I have been drawing and painting dragons and tigers, as incarnations of the principle of Yin-Yang. Now I am really psyched!!! Next, I am going to paint a purple dragon, fluidly coiling about the ferocious and dynamic form of a white tiger (entwined as one). Somehow I've got to work jian...
by Dan Pasek
Mon Jun 28, 2010 3:49 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Major Methods of Wudang sword
Replies: 14
Views: 8353

Re: Major Methods of Wudang sword

I recently purchased the translated book (The Major Methods of Wudang Sword), and I would like to make some comments/observations that may help to clarify issues raised on this forum. Almanzo "Lao Ma" Lamoureux has kindly allowed me to examine his Taiwan manufactured wooden practice sparring swords ...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Aug 18, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 6073

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

When we talk about internal and external, do you think that it gets reduced to chinese styles? What must show a western style to be considered as internal? This a difficult question to answer briefly on a forum like this, but here are non-Chinese martial arts that many consider to be ‘internal’ (ne...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Aug 12, 2009 2:21 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 6073

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

Well let's not forget that the niuweidao is a more recent weapon that is not wholly accurate for many Chinese martial arts, despite its popularity. It is unusually balanced and one of the most obviously cut-oriented swords in common use, so whenever we use a niuweidao to compare dao and jian , we'r...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Aug 12, 2009 10:16 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 6073

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

Dan, I think it's interesting what you say about jian being more akin to the flowing, circular movements of taijiquan , but why do you think that is? Surely, if your statement is correct(and there are certainly many who would agree with you), there should be some reason for it based on specific mar...
by Dan Pasek
Tue Aug 11, 2009 3:33 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 6073

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

I first became interested in Chinese culture in high school when I took a Chinese literature class and studied the Yijing for a class presentation, along with reading the Daodejing, poetry, etc. In college a new Aikido club was forming which offered the first month free, and while I attended, that a...
by Dan Pasek
Wed Aug 05, 2009 11:35 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Distance
Replies: 37
Views: 5677

Re: Distance

Michael, I don’t know. It seems that the concepts that I point to that I thought may help explain differences in distances have equivalent concepts in both Chinese and European swordsmanship. Thus, they do not seem to address the apparent difference in starting distance (if there even is a differenc...