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by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:18 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: new forumite with question
Replies: 11
Views: 7944

Re: new forumite with question

...I need to learn some basics and begin test cutting with my own blades. Spend some time with some more experienced and learn more, "hands on" with good swords... If you come across good resources or learn of gatherings, especially in New England... I teach several seminars a year in New England, ...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Aug 02, 2011 9:00 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taoist martial arts before Chen village
Replies: 9
Views: 6163

Re: Taoist martial arts before Chen village

Well tis is a topic that has spawned many a lengthy paper... It is important to keep in mind, that while many arts, martial to others, were strongly influenced by daoism & buddhism, these arts are not daoist or buddhist arts. It is a standard practice in China to associate any newly created art with...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:31 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Taiji toes
Replies: 3
Views: 3783

Re: Taiji toes

It's worth considering that sometimes the footwork in a martial art is optimized for a certain type of footwear. Modern footwear often has substantial heels... I think that is the most important point, I've never worn any kind of heels, so when, in the past, I've tried doing push hands in athletic ...
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Aug 02, 2011 8:28 am
Forum: General Taiji Quan Discussion
Topic: Is placement of the tongue important?
Replies: 5
Views: 6596

Re: Is placement of the tongue important?

This is not that uncommon a question... Is placement of the tongue important? Yes, in the sense that placing the tongue on the roof of the mouth connects the ren & du mai . If not connected, the qi is unlikely to make complete its circuit. Though it is possible that the qi will "short circuit" & fin...
by Scott M. Rodell
Sat Jul 16, 2011 7:44 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: new forumite with question
Replies: 11
Views: 7944

Re: new forumite with question

Trips to museums, and obtaining books... BTW, your blade looks nice.. Nik's suggest is an excellent one. I would add going to antique arms shows to that. Museums are great, but everything is behind glass & you can't handle the swords. At antique arms shows, you can pick up most pieces. There aren't...
by Scott M. Rodell
Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:35 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: new forumite with question
Replies: 11
Views: 7944

Re: new forumite with question

Dear Kevin, Welcome to the forum... My good friend, the well known swordsmith, Paul Champagne, use to say, "If I was designing fighter jets, I'd have to at least learn to fly to understand the needs of the fighter pilot. If I'm going to forge swords, I'm going to have at least understand the basics ...
by Scott M. Rodell
Wed Jul 13, 2011 1:41 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Notes on Chinese Paper Armor
Replies: 2
Views: 7327

Chinese Paper Armor in the Wubeizhi

Here is the page from the Wubeizhi that illustrates paper armor -
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:48 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Qing Cannon, Swords, Armor, etc...

If you are curious what the Beijing Military Museum has to offer, see: http://xenophon-mil.org/china/militarym ... museum.htm
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:42 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

The Manchu inscription -

The Manchu inscription -
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Inscription in Chinese...

The Chinese inscription -
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:39 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Inscription on 17th C. Qing Cannon

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The rear end of the cannon where it is inscribed in Chinese & Manchu.
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:35 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Wheels for 17th Century Qing Cannon

Wheels for the above Qing Cannon
by Scott M. Rodell
Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:33 am
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

17th Century Qing Cannon

17thcQingCannon1.jpg 17th Century Qing Dynasty Cannon Captured in Boxer Rebellion Recently auctioned at: http://www.cowanauctions.com/auctions/item.aspx?ItemId=93833 An 800lb. cast bronze cannon, 3" diameter bore, 3" diameter trunnions, overall 63.5", with prolific Chinese and Manchurian characters...
by Scott M. Rodell
Mon Jul 11, 2011 3:03 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Two Qing Cannon in Suzhou

Two Qing cannon atop the Suzhou Water Gate Wall on the Grand Canal-
by Scott M. Rodell
Mon Jul 11, 2011 2:17 pm
Forum: Chinese Historical Arms
Topic: Qing Cannon
Replies: 9
Views: 6097

Re: Qing Cannon

A Qing Cannon ca. 1900-