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by jonpalombi
Thu Jun 02, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The making of traditional handmade sword fittings
Replies: 27
Views: 28391

Re: The making of traditional handmade sword fittings

Excellent.

We are all looking forward to it, Tony. Good things are worth waiting for. 8)

Later mate, Jon
by jonpalombi
Sun May 08, 2011 8:39 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The making of traditional handmade sword fittings
Replies: 27
Views: 28391

Re: Ming Style Fittings?

Charles, I was wondering if you ever did anything in a Ming Style? Or other period style besides QIng? Yes,Scott. some custom one. anything more? Hi Charles, Again, your artistry is by far the most beautiful and skillful I have see in over a century. Not that I've been around that long (...hehehe)....
by jonpalombi
Wed Sep 08, 2010 1:33 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Major Methods of Wudang sword
Replies: 14
Views: 16222

Re: Major Methods of Wudang sword

the jian is straight, thus the cuts must be made at an angle, requiring an arcing expression, this is like a rainbow, the motion itself involved fluid movement, coiling, curling, spinning etc, all of which flow like the dragon this type of flowing motion does not cease, has no break, the method doe...
by jonpalombi
Mon Aug 23, 2010 8:34 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Welcome back Aidan! Your returning comments are clear and succinct, without falling into the trap of returning blow-for-blow (as I certainly did). Please forgive me if I got a little debative in your absence. Thanks for bringing this issue to the forefront, as I too, share your admiration of Graham...
by jonpalombi
Fri Aug 20, 2010 7:34 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

I have no idea about the slang meaning of white tiger, but as a sinologist with expertice in Chinese philosophy, I encountered this term often in connection with the purple dragon as baihu qinglong 白虎青龍. They stand for the Yin and Yang components of the golden elexier in the daoist school of the In...
by jonpalombi
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

And just to show how diverse and changing Chinese Culture and slang is, when I googled 'White Tiger' in Chinese slang, it was quite a different meaning to the slang I was familiar with!!! But for the purpose of this discussion to the best of my knowledge, there is no wordplay slang on Muk Gim/Mu Ji...
by jonpalombi
Thu Aug 19, 2010 4:05 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

My Chinese Tai Chi teacher would tell me to worry more about practicing than what to call something or ponder endlessly about some point of theory. (He's done so in the past when I asked about some theoretical point, after he saw improvement, he would then explain and I understood quickly). He does...
by jonpalombi
Wed Aug 18, 2010 4:55 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: jian from kris cutlery
Replies: 4
Views: 7815

Re: jian from kris cutlery

Actually Linda, This model was initially offered way back in the early 1990's and is, in fact, completely out of production. I almost bought one in 1993 but figured that I didn't need a sharp sword that was not recommended for actual cutting practice. They were forged from descent enough steel but ...
by jonpalombi
Wed Aug 18, 2010 1:05 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Yes, it is just plain mujian. As a long term resident in Taiwan, I still find my teachers using highly specialized termini technici in teaching IMA, so specialized that some terms are even not to be found in any common dictionary. Concerning uniforms, I must agree: The silkies are just ridiculous, ...
by jonpalombi
Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:44 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Hi boys, I propose we take a very, very Chinese (and might I say Daoist) approach to this debate. Call it what you want. Wooden sword, waster, mujian / dao. whatever. Everybody has different feelings on it and their choices in terminology will reflect it. We'll still understand whatever you're refe...
by jonpalombi
Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Nihao Peter, Thank you for you scholarly input. I am eager to hear Sifu Rodell's perspective, as it will be of significance to all of his student-body. Say, do you know if there is a Chinese Mandarin name for gambeson ? Or the equivalent of cloth armor/ cloth jacket? I would prefer to use the Chine...
by jonpalombi
Tue Aug 17, 2010 9:13 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

I have every right to make an argument... this thread is quickly taking a very confrontational tone and I don't like the direction that it is heading. And yes, I practice swordsmanship. No, I will not settle an argument with a sword. Hi Michael, This is not an argument. I bear no ill will towards y...
by jonpalombi
Mon Aug 16, 2010 10:06 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Gentlemen, Why must you presuppose that those who are in favor of referring to contemporary Chinese-style wooden swords, as "mujian" and "mudao", are necessarily less familiar with China, taijiquan or any other Chinese martial art, than those who don't? Less understanding, less experienced, less ad...
by jonpalombi
Mon Aug 16, 2010 8:57 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Wow, Jon, how elloquent, thanks a lot, you spoke my heart, all with you! I second that ! Excellent post Jon, beautifully said. I am also in favour of using mudao and mujian . The terms are simple, accurately descriptive and linguistically correct. There is always something lost during language tran...
by jonpalombi
Sat Aug 14, 2010 9:38 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 47101

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

I'm not sure that I would agree that it is cultural sterilization, but to the extent that this tendency toward genericism exists, I wholly endorse it. I think that it's important to strip away the flash and style from each component in order to better understand its real value. While "straight-swor...