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by xingyi24
Mon Feb 01, 2010 12:39 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Get a Horse
Replies: 7
Views: 4317

Re: Get a Horse

September 1, 1939. Jokes about submarines with screen doors aside, the Polish were still using lances, sabres, and horses quite effectively. (Yes, they had rifles on their backs.) Some terrain just wasn't suitable for mechanized warfare, and, when the tanks showed up, the Poles had to turn tail and ...
by xingyi24
Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:43 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 42869

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

Is the guard a clamshell construction or is it a solid piece the tang is fed through?
by xingyi24
Fri Sep 25, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?
Replies: 14
Views: 7264

Re: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?

As someone who has had to modify forms due to need, I'm inclined to agree. Not only should a form meet the situation, but also the practitioner, and the form probably should feed the strengths in practice, and round off the sharp corners of a weakness, however, is there not something to be said for ...
by xingyi24
Wed Jun 10, 2009 9:15 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Dao thrusts
Replies: 4
Views: 3566

Re: Dao thrusts

Additionally, we've been talking largely about the willow leaf saber. I don't want to start a chicken or the egg arguement here, but one look at the goose quill saber seems to indicate that someone was looking to do just that. Their style had a dao thrust, and they wanted make a dao that is good at ...
by xingyi24
Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:18 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Advice on finding instruction
Replies: 4
Views: 2063

Re: Advice on finding instruction

David, You are asking, in a round-about way the same question everyone on this forum asked themselves at first, and the sorry fact is, it can only be answered by asking more questions. Why do you want to learn? Some people want to defend themselves, while some people, even in a world where we turn q...
by xingyi24
Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:48 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?
Replies: 14
Views: 7264

Re: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?

Additionally, I can't see how even a pure system would remain unchanged based on the size of china and variations in opponents. The biggest difference I seen in some of the Hubei Xingyi and Shianxi Xingyi is the desire to be a striker or grappler. Shianxi, and Sun, allow for a greater distance in th...
by xingyi24
Tue Jun 02, 2009 1:05 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Unknown Sword Form? Can anyone identify it?
Replies: 6
Views: 2425

Re: Unknown Sword Form? Can anyone identify it?

Mr. Young is correct in that if you can find out the poetic names, it may be easier to track. So much Chinese swordsmanship is parody of others that Hubei Xingyi Jian doesn't look immediately like Shianxi Xingyi Jian, but the theories are similar. Now if a movement was called leopard cat climbs tree...
by xingyi24
Sat May 30, 2009 9:17 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?
Replies: 14
Views: 7264

Re: Hsing - I in the Michuan Sword form?

The problem that seems to remain with me though is that I can make my head forget, momentarily, but I don't have a way of telling my body to "shut up, and do what I'm telling you now." Muscles are like high school students. They like consistancy and knowledge of what to do next.
by xingyi24
Wed May 27, 2009 8:42 am
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Dao thrusts
Replies: 4
Views: 3566

Re: Dao thrusts

To build the forum on general chinese swordsmanship, the xingyi system has thrusts and cuts from zuandao (drilling sabre) and paodao (crushing/cannon sabre) useing a horizontal thrust from a twisting motion, and they can complete across the body with the edge 45 degrees angled up, but can stop horiz...
by xingyi24
Fri May 08, 2009 12:23 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Old stick
Replies: 9
Views: 4973

Re: Old stick

I believe you are correct. It was trained to my eye. It looks like they actually used cords of two different widths to accomplish this, to give you that wide gap, narrow gap pattern. A craftsman with an eye for nature had his hand in it I'm sure.
by xingyi24
Fri May 08, 2009 12:17 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Tengpai: The Chinese Rattan Shield
Replies: 15
Views: 26122

Re: Tengpai: The Chinese Rattan Shield

Thank you for your close and entuned response to my question. You have been informative and have thrown in much to lead me to study on my own. My appreciateion is greater than this note coveys.
by xingyi24
Thu May 07, 2009 10:09 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: short stick form
Replies: 11
Views: 15882

Re: short stick form

For what I’m about to write, I’m speaking here from a Xingyichuan perspective, in case some of the things I’m about to mention come out of left field, and I apologize if my explanations are unclear. As someone that carries a cane from need, and consequently has had a lot of time to study it as a wea...
by xingyi24
Thu May 07, 2009 9:23 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Tengpai: The Chinese Rattan Shield
Replies: 15
Views: 26122

Re: Tengpai: The Chinese Rattan Shield

Did they really just "hold the line" or did they have techniques for "shield beating?" All the illustrations I have ever seen from china show swords, but in other cultures and manuals, hooking tools, like axes, show up often, that could pull down a shield for a spearman to poach its carrier. Can any...
by xingyi24
Thu May 07, 2009 9:10 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Old stick
Replies: 9
Views: 4973

Re: Old stick

Do you have a closer shot of that stick's twist? Mr. Pasek is correct in that there are many trees that will develop such with a spiral shape from a vine, however, it looks like it's a rather tight twist, and there are people who groom growing trees to get odd shapes for the sake of woodcraft. The s...
by xingyi24
Mon Apr 13, 2009 7:28 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Component parts of a safer test cutting sword.
Replies: 2
Views: 2476

Re: Component parts of a safer test cutting sword.

So I see... After I opened this post I had a jian that looked totally safe bend so the tip is three inches off center when doing full speed, or maybe only most speed, xingyi jian forms. It wasn't side to side either. It leaned forward, toward an edge. There was no cutting even involved. I guess I ha...