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by Scott M. Rodell
Wed May 16, 2012 7:41 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Village jian
Replies: 13
Views: 22493

Qing militia jian hilt

Here's the full catalog desciption of this jian - Tuanlian Jian Militia Sword 28” Blade, 34” Overall The blade inlaid with seven brass dots, representing the seven star constellation that points to the pole star, of sanmai construction with a wavely pattern welded body mounted in solid iron fittings...
by Scott M. Rodell
Wed May 16, 2012 7:38 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Village jian
Replies: 13
Views: 22493

Qing militia jian

For comparison, I thought everyone might like to see this jian . This is the largest example of the these "village" or "militia" jian I have ever encountered. Though these jian lack much finish, that is they are just barely polished to shape & have very rudimentary fittings, the steel of the blades ...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue May 15, 2012 9:03 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 70688

Flexibility of Hanwei Cutting Jian

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Scott M. Rodell Test Cutting with Hanwei Cutting Jian
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Scott M. Rodell Test Cutting with Hanwei Cutting Jian
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Follow through of the pi cut. Note how quickly the blade straightens.
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue May 15, 2012 9:01 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 70688

Resilience of Hanwei Cutting Jian

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Scott M. Rodell Test Cutting with Hanwei Cutting Jian
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I had to clear some bamboo in my garden, so what better way than to get out my Cutting Jian... A high speed camera catch just how resilient these blades are & the shock any blade has to be able to deal with when impacting he target...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue May 15, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The Jian for the Active Outdoorsman
Replies: 9
Views: 14628

Qing Blet Clips

Examples of Qing clips or hooks used to hang swords or archery tackle from belts-
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue May 15, 2012 8:46 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: The Jian for the Active Outdoorsman
Replies: 9
Views: 14628

Re: The Jian for the Active Outdoorsman

... have a royal peony jian, and it has some kind of straps on the scabbard but I have never figured out how it is supposed to work. Any hints would be appreciated. BTW: Are those straps a modern invention or did they use the same system historically? There are a number of historical images in this...
by Scott M. Rodell
Wed May 09, 2012 3:04 pm
Forum: Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship
Topic: Edge Sharpness Vs. Application
Replies: 21
Views: 72580

Re: Edge Sharpness Vs. Application

I was practicing in my garden this morning with my Cutting Jian. As I turned to deliver a pi cut, I spontaneously decided to cut an oak leaf on at the end of a nearby branch. My blade sliced cleanly thru it, leaving the leaf on the branch. That action brought to mind those words above, written so lo...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Apr 03, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Traditional Chinese Sword Tournament 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 7466

Video Traditional Chinese Sword Tournament 2011

The Final Match between Defending Champion, Ian Glazer, in the Yellow Gambeson opposite 2009 Champion, Greg Wolfon, in the Red Gambeson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4ad8nUAaz4
by Scott M. Rodell
Mon Mar 19, 2012 9:20 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century
Replies: 13
Views: 18698

Re: were shorter jian common before 19th-20 Century

Sorry to be commenting so late in the game... Concerning the duanjian in the above photos, these are not good examples of what we might call combat jian . A fair number of these have turned up with similar or the same fittings. And though that often have fairly good blades, they lack sufficient weig...
by Scott M. Rodell
Mon Mar 19, 2012 8:42 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao
Replies: 7
Views: 13024

Re: blade attempt, 16.5" yanmaodao

Very nice work Kevin, I'd love to see some of you work in person some day, maybe even do some cutting... The only thing I can add to the above conversation is to keep in mind that the whole idea behind the yanmaodao is that it straight enough that one can employ techniques from jianfa as well as dao...
by Scott M. Rodell
Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:31 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Traditional Chinese Sword Tournament 2011
Replies: 2
Views: 7466

Re: Traditional Chinese Sword Tournament 2011

I'm really looking forward to the Tourney! I'm flying over to to my part as Referee. Looking forward to seeing everyone again & meet new players...
by Scott M. Rodell
Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: miao dao grip and technique
Replies: 1
Views: 5944

Re: miao dao grip and technique

I have a question.. How does one hold the miao dao properly and which hand is leading? From the japanese disciplines... the left hand is the lower hand and that it is the actual hand wealding the weapon. The right hand stears. Is this common for the miaodao ? I am not familiar with any miaodao teac...
by Scott M. Rodell
Fri Mar 02, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: First European Chinese Swordplay Tournament, May 2011
Replies: 3
Views: 10228

Secondt European Chinese Swordplay Tournament, June 2012

Just a quick note to let everyone know this year's European Chinese Swordplay Tournament will be held on June 2nd in Netherlands...
by Scott M. Rodell
Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:54 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Guard positions
Replies: 5
Views: 9718

Re: Guard positions

Thanks for your answer. I have your book (good one!) Thanks, always happy to hear it has been of use. ...and I know how your work with the basic cuts. I guess that most (all?) of the basic cuts would be possible to launch from other guards too... That is certainly, generally true & the last thing y...
by Scott M. Rodell
Thu Mar 01, 2012 6:31 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Fajing on coke cans
Replies: 27
Views: 32252

Re: Fajing on coke cans

I have one serious question for practitioners on taijiquan. Are we going to continue to allow those who lack any real martial skill continue to define our art? Absolutely not, though they are so prominent that it is no easy task.. Well said brother... you summed up the problems & situation quite we...