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by jonpalombi
Tue Apr 15, 2008 1:02 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Forms practice using a sharp blade.
Replies: 4
Views: 4460

The sharp sword keeps one mindful with the proper mind intent of practicing with a real weapon. I've seen lots of people treat their wooden swords like...well a blunt stick...and they do things that would cut themselves to shreds with a real sword. This is so true! One can never underestimate the e...
by jonpalombi
Fri Jan 18, 2008 10:08 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Korean Sword Resources
Replies: 6
Views: 6677

Bruce, it's nice to meet you at the GRTC Forums.

Hey Bruce, Thanks for sharing your practice and lineage with us. We share many of the same struggles. That is, reviving and institutionalizing nearly-lost methods of Asian swordsmanship, for both traditional obeisance and posterity at large. Keep up the good work! What about some juicy tidbits of Go...
by jonpalombi
Sun Dec 02, 2007 8:12 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Alex Huangfu's Book
Replies: 4
Views: 4732

My feelings exactly!

I agree with Peter. After all, when you bring a product to another Nation to sell, you should prepare your presentation for that Nation's scrutiny. :idea: Also, while I do not read Chinese, I can tell that there is quite a bit of questionable information, regarding dating and such. Even so, the eye-...
by jonpalombi
Fri Aug 17, 2007 12:10 am
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 10906

So, now we come down to the basic issue...did racism play a hideous role in George Cameron Stone's gross error in composing his book? Sadly, I am almost certain it did... It could well be the case. How is his coverage of African weaponry and that of other cultures considered lower at the time? Fran...
by jonpalombi
Thu Aug 16, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Is there a difference, in free-play, between jian and dao?
Replies: 21
Views: 18360

Is there a difference, in free-play, between jian and dao?

In terms of strategy, is there a difference for the taiji quan sword-fighter when utilizing jian versus dao ? I have been contemplating Laoshi's council about sticking/ adhering/ joining/ following, in regards to initiating an attack. In terms of internal energy, I assume that the type of weapon wou...
by jonpalombi
Thu Aug 16, 2007 10:37 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: New Huanuo Ox-Tail just came in! =)
Replies: 7
Views: 5364

I received my Huanuo Ox-tail Dao last week.

http://www.huanuosword.com/e/images/LWDD/002.jpg I just got mine, too. I was pleasantly surprised how lively it felt. For some reason I thought it might be tip-heavy. It isn't at all, the balance is fine and I find it cuts like a dream! It handles differently than the Huanuo Liuye Dao does but was ...
by jonpalombi
Tue Aug 07, 2007 9:28 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 10906

To conclude, much of the knowledge about these weapons is lost and needs to be rediscovered using primary sources (in classical Chinese that is even hard to read for native Chinese), something George Cameron Stone probably had little or no access to. -Peter Well said Peter. You raised quite a few i...
by jonpalombi
Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:34 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Is this sword made by Huanuo?
Replies: 6
Views: 4381

Perhaps this model raised another issue.

Liability by association has become an unfortunate by-product of the 21st century. Because so many companies on the web offered cheap knock-offs of this model, continuing to present it has become an obsolete issue. I believe that Cold Steel retails the genuine Huanuo model. However, I have seen it i...
by jonpalombi
Tue Jul 31, 2007 11:22 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?
Replies: 8
Views: 10906

So what was George Cameron Stone's problem?

While this post is not specifically about swordsmanship, it does relate to Chinese swords, themselves. Why is it that George Cameron Stone's massive Glossary of the Construction, Decoration and Use of Arms and Armor has so little information on Chinese jian and dao swords? He lists every obscure typ...
by jonpalombi
Thu Jun 07, 2007 5:35 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How does the Taiji Swordsman initiate an attack?
Replies: 3
Views: 3312

Re: How does the Taiji Swordsman initiate an attack?

In relation to swordplay, this means that in order to initiate an attack, that is actively stick & follow, you should intuit where that line is. If your duifang is standing in a perfect positions, without any "hollows or protrusions" then you might have to move slight, this way or that, "looking" f...
by jonpalombi
Tue Jun 05, 2007 9:19 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: How does the Taiji Swordsman initiate an attack?
Replies: 3
Views: 3312

How does the Taiji Swordsman initiate an attack?

I often find myself hesitant, while bouting, to initiate an attack because it opens oneself up for counter attack. From the standpoint of European fencing, one feints an attack to bring the opponent into the mouse-trap of the second or third intention. Is it the same in historical Chinese swordsmans...
by jonpalombi
Tue Jun 05, 2007 8:32 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dha Swordsmanship
Replies: 4
Views: 3962

I for one, don't want to become a circus monkey. Thanks to Laoshi, none of us have to. Yours in Martial Spirit, Jon Palombi After re-reading my previous statement, I want to make it clear that I am not making light of Thai/ Myanmar swordsmanship. It's not easy to cut bananas off of some body's neck...
by jonpalombi
Tue Jun 05, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: Chinese Swordsmanship
Topic: Dha Swordsmanship
Replies: 4
Views: 3962

Why do people do things like that? Is it for making money by running a show, or something? Yes, I know this is up to look at the swordsmanship displays, but ..... well .... I'm just glad we get to train only in real skill and not circus performances. I agree, whole-heartedly! However, some of the t...