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Chinese sword competition

Postby John the Monkey mind » Sun Dec 13, 2009 1:56 pm

Chinese sword competition, looks fun.

http://swordleague.com/
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Postby Josh Young » Thu Dec 17, 2009 11:47 am

I envision that anyone serious about traditional Chinese swordmanship will find that group to be amazing.
In these times so much sword material has been lost due to a century(or more) of neglect, this group is part of a modern focus on conserving and preserving what remains.

One fine example is test cutting, many CMA people who know sword forms do not realize how skill in sword forms does not translate to cutting skill with a jian. A sharp sword will cut anything:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP0oW8b71vE
Indeed the Chinese jians cutting power rivals that of the Katana.
However cutting does not mean one is using proper technique or method, test cutting does not test your ability to cut, it tests your ability to cut with the moves of your form done at proper speed.

In combination with the two person wooden sword play, test cutting and form work, one can develop sword skill, which in turn vastly increases open hand skill in a way that non-sword people cannot understand. This is more than just having a sword form that increases specific skills, this is that having real sword skills increases specific skills. The TCSL is just awesome! I hope one day that a YMAA player could win the prize.
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Postby John the Monkey mind » Thu Dec 17, 2009 1:28 pm

Grate video, I am really looking to take up swordsmanship. Looking to practice the sword Tai Chi form but first I am looking to get the long form down. My background was originally more Pak Mei/Wing Chun so I am havering to study a more suitable art first before I get to the blade. I have done a little Fujian Tiger Crane though so I might be looking to take that up again in the UK but have no Idea what its sword form is like although I know it has one.

I will eventually have to invest in a good blade for cutting.
http://www.chinese-swords-guide.com/sword-cutting.html

I have to be careful though as the UK Police have been known to get funny about blades even when held for legitimate reasons. :)

I really want to get on the mat with the guys at the tournament although the only blade I know is the early medieval European kind.
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Re: Chinese sword competition

Postby patrick1 » Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:31 pm

John the Monkey mind wrote:Chinese sword competition, looks fun.

http://swordleague.com/


Nice picture, how i wish i could join some sword competition. I really enjoy watching competitions like that.
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