Helpful Articles - SBG.com Sept 14, 2010 18:08:00 GMT
Post by James Gall on Sept 14, 2010 18:08:00 GMT
- Training in the Sword Arts
[*]1.1 - Sword Fighting and Training Basics
"Instructional Resources and Information With the Beginner in Mind"
While sword fighting skills may not be as much of a pressing need as it was to our ancestors, most sword collectors have an interest - whether it is largely academic, a lifelong dedication to training or just practicing a few moves and/or doing some occasional (safety conscious) 'backyard cutting'.
With this in mind, we are pleased to present to you a series of articles that address the more practical side of the hobby - Western, Eastern and general sword principles as well as links to further resources and much more to be added as this page expands over the coming months.
[*]1.2 - Medieval Sword Fighting Schools
While the sword fighting schools of medieval Europe died out as a living tradition many hundreds of years ago – recent years have seen them undergo something of a renaissance.
Reconstructed from a collection of old manuscripts and books by modern day martial scholars – in this article we will be taking a look at these traditions, how they have been resurrected from obscurity – and where to learn them for yourself...
[*]1.3 - Japanese Sword Training Basics
Japanese sword training is something of a lifelong journey. Even the masters consider themselves to be humble students, constantly striving for perfection and always feeling that they can execute a cut cleaner, faster and with more precision...
As such, even the basics are subject to continual refinement, and it is most definitely a journey best started with proper instruction under the watchful eye of a qualified teacher.
Yet for those who are curious as to what to expect in a JSA (Japanese Sword Art) dojo, or others with a purely academic interest, this article is at the very least, a tentative introduction to the mindsets and training methodologies of the arts as a whole...
[*]1.4 - An Introduction to Tameshigiri
Many people who say they do Tameshigiri are really just having fun with swords cutting stuff up or 'Backyard Cutting' - but it's really not the same thing... Not by a long shot.
In this article, we take a look at what this aspect of the Japanese Sword Arts is REALLY about – including its somewhat gory history, the targets used, basic and advances techniques and some resources to help you learn how to do it the right way...![/*:m][/list:u]