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by jonpalombi
Fri Aug 13, 2010 9:26 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Name of Wooden Swords
Replies: 58
Views: 52658

Re: Name of Wooden Swords

Greetings Folks, I'm on board with Aidan! One should consider this idea in the light it was intended. Aidan was suggesting a name befitting of Graham Cave's masterful woodworking skills, that would be in keeping with traditional Chinese terminology. The fact that it can easily be translated and the...
by jonpalombi
Mon Jun 07, 2010 6:40 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 10906

Re: So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?

I am reviving this old thread because I have begun to realize how pernicious Stone's "problem" was. I had understood it as mostly a sin of omission, simply leaving information on Chinese weapons out, rather than a sin of commission. However, I recently found an entry where Stone specifically makes ...
by jonpalombi
Sun Feb 14, 2010 10:46 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK
Replies: 16
Views: 18158

Re: How to sell a sword to someone in the UK

Hi Linda, Happy Chinese New Year of the Tiger!!! I know it's OK to import antique swords into the UK but sharpened, modern reproductions... are what started this whole mess in the first place. Graham Cave would be the one to ask, since he's living in the center of that cyclone. Give Graham a PM or ...
by jonpalombi
Fri Feb 05, 2010 10:28 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 60470

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

Greetings Gents, Having collected antique Chinese swords since 1993, I have been lucky enough to buy, see and/or handle many antique Qing Dynasty jians. Twelve years before I actually began to study taijiquan swordsmanship with Laoshi, I knew him as "Scott", a really nice antiquities dealer, who ha...
by jonpalombi
Wed Jan 20, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: importing a sword to china
Replies: 17
Views: 10803

Re: importing a sword to china

Thanks Graham, for the informative pics! I agree with Laoshi about most of their sword-like objects . That being said, you have to admire a company that actually manufactures 140 varieties of jian!!! Too bad most of them are un-historically designed monstrosities. Several years ago, I bought one of...
by jonpalombi
Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:03 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 60470

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

Hey Laoshi, Any chance you will bring the Hanwei prototype to the Chinese Swordsmanship seminar in Brattleboro? Boy, I'd love to get a closer look at it and feel it's balance (perhaps the chance to practice a few cuts with it). I'd better start saving up some extra $$$ for one! 8) See you in 11 day...
by jonpalombi
Sat Oct 10, 2009 12:27 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Hanwei Cutting Jian?
Replies: 55
Views: 60470

Re: Hanwei Cutting Jian?

Say Laoshi, Congratulations on the historical authenticity you have maintained, with this design. It's clean and simple, yet elegant in appearance. It looks like it would be a bit lighter in weight, than the Huanuo Royal Peony. True? Will Hanwei be offering this jian with "antiqued" fittings, like ...
by jonpalombi
Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:20 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 18752

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

A western style, if it is internal, should conform to the principals of internal art. For example the use of muscular force as a way to generate power cannot be a primary emphasis of an internal art. I like this definition, but... what about internal fencing vs external fencing? Very few styles rec...
by jonpalombi
Sun Aug 16, 2009 11:10 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 18752

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

We do study taijiquan, not pre-twentieth century, battlefield strategies & massive war formations. Right, but it is important to remember that individual combat and combat on the battlefield are just different aspects of martial arts, and many of the martial arts that we practice today originated f...
by jonpalombi
Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 18752

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

I have reviewed my world history, although my Chinese history is a bit rougher around the edges. In almost all cultures and time periods, and I would be surprised if China was a rare exception to this, foot soldiers relied primarily on polearms. They are cheap, long range, and effective in massed f...
by jonpalombi
Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:02 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Why Chinese swordsmanship?
Replies: 34
Views: 18752

Re: Why Chinese swordsmanship?

Greetings Michael, Wow. Now, you sure packed a lot into a seemingly, simple list of questions. Of course, nothing is really that simple in life and Chinese swordsmanship is no exception. It is both, a complex group of systems (each unique unto itself) and and takes a lifetime to fully grasp the pro...
by jonpalombi
Thu May 21, 2009 6:27 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Compiling a list of Recommended Wooden Jian
Replies: 10
Views: 8280

Re: Compiling a list of Recommended Wooden Jian

So far I've been very impressed with Raven Studios. It's usually a good sign when a manufacturer has many different style and customization options, because it tends to show that they appreciate the subtle differences. I have a hickory jian and liuyedao from Raven Studios. They are well crafted and...
by jonpalombi
Thu May 21, 2009 6:06 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Masterpiece wooden jian by Graham Cave
Replies: 9
Views: 6607

Re: Masterpiece wooden jian by Graham Cave

After about 70 full-force blows he decided that he wouldn't be able to break it. In fact, there was not even a fracture to be seen. The only damage to the oak blade was a small splinter that came away at the centre of percussion : http://i197.photobucket.com/albums/aa106/grahamcave/zIMG_2544.jpg I ...
by jonpalombi
Sun May 17, 2009 5:49 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Masterpiece wooden jian by Graham Cave
Replies: 9
Views: 6607

Re: Masterpiece wooden jian by Graham Cave

Very nice jian Peter, Graham is absolutely the very best wooden Chinese sword maker on this planet. God bless him! I look forward to my own customized fighting jian, from him. Yours is a beauty! I really admire the artistic elements you chose for this piece. Mine will be a bit simpler, however, as ...
by jonpalombi
Mon Mar 23, 2009 1:24 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Jian vs. ___________
Replies: 33
Views: 23493

Re: Jian vs. ___________

Greetings All, , Yes, it is of utmost importance for any swords-person, from any tradition and methodology, to understand this point. Again, it is because of Laoshi's unswerving adherence to historical reality , that we are called upon to observe the vital nature of this often overlooked element of...