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by gchan
Wed Aug 18, 2010 2:35 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 54777

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Jon, Nothing wrong with calling it "mujian". That is what it is called in Chinese. I just wanted to emphasize that there is nothing lost in translation, no deeper meaning when the "mu" is converted to "wooden". 500 years ago it was probably called a wooden sword (mujian) and now it is still called a...
by gchan
Tue Aug 17, 2010 1:58 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 54777

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 refer...
by gchan
Fri Feb 26, 2010 11:57 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics
Replies: 22
Views: 18132

Re: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics

I was addressing this context: With a flat grind you must go out of your way, curl wrist (which breaks structure) to parry cleanly and perfectly on the flat. Which went along with: Thus, one could conclude that edge trauma on clamshell blades is the result of poor technique, fighting someone inexpe...
by gchan
Sun Feb 21, 2010 7:04 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics
Replies: 22
Views: 18132

Re: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics

(New) insight? A proper clamshell not only strengthens the edge, but waaay more importantly it actually drastically reduces the possible range of angles where edge to edge contact could happen at all. One can parry at a fairly steep angle with no edge contact. With a flat grind you must go out of yo...
by gchan
Wed Nov 11, 2009 3:22 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics
Replies: 22
Views: 18132

Re: Blade Composition and Parry Characteristics

Basically, we were trying to narrow down the root cause of the tight, responsive feeling on the antiques. Our conclusion is that it is due to one of the following or, more likely, a combination thereof. This is not an exhaustible list by any means... 1) Actual composition of the blade steels 2) Hist...
by gchan
Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:17 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Sizing of Jian
Replies: 12
Views: 6419

Re: Sizing of Jian

IMHO, some European one handed swords are not comparable to jian at all...please correct me if my reasoning below is flawed. I have limited knowledge on the subject, but my understanding is that European swords balance much closer to the hilt in addition to being much longer (as you mentioned). So t...
by gchan
Sun Oct 18, 2009 4:27 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Sizing of Jian
Replies: 12
Views: 6419

Re: Sizing of Jian

When it comes down to it, come hell or high water, many people just want a large sword. I'm not sure why this is the case. My best guess is that it's psychological. Men want big cars, big houses, big boats, etc. Homo Sapiens make decisions based on emotions and justify them with what they judge to b...
by gchan
Sun Feb 03, 2008 12:22 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Video - Incorrect Technique
Replies: 8
Views: 13513

I understand I overlooked the safety part big time and I take the criticism happily, but I think you are misunderstanding the whole point of the video. It was a test of the sword's durability not of my abilities to chop a sword into a block of wood...if you want to criticize my technique please crit...
by gchan
Mon Jan 28, 2008 10:03 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Test Cutting Video - Incorrect Technique
Replies: 8
Views: 13513

Good to see my video made it here. The Chinese sword community is pretty small... Thank you Mr. Rodell for pointing out some things I obviously overlooked. I'll happily take the comments on the cutting. It was only my second time cutting mats and I overestimated the power needed... My main goal was ...
by gchan
Sun Dec 09, 2007 5:36 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: picking a place to start
Replies: 6
Views: 5820

Thanks for the replies. Hearing that he has a good reputation from some people on this forum especially reassures me quite a bit. I guess I should feel lucky for having Chen Zhonghua himself in my city. Although I will probably still need to rely on Mr. Rodell's expertise for the sword aspect later ...
by gchan
Sat Dec 08, 2007 2:54 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: picking a place to start
Replies: 6
Views: 5820

picking a place to start

Hi everyone, I'm a sword collector who is especially interested in Chinese swords and I'm looking to get started in tai ji. I have looked around locally for a bit to try and sort tai ji quan from tai cheese. I found a school with a head master named Chen Zhonghua. They teach Chen style tai ji with m...