Post by Tom K. (ianflaer) on Oct 18, 2009 20:24:42 GMT
can't wait to see it Budodeshi, I think you are a sure-in. my requirements for cool cuts are pretty leanient, pretty much any one can get in if they really want to. cool is a pretty subjective term so I'm willing to take the opinions of others into account. any cut that people other than the cutter say is cool is pretty much sure-fire in. the cut itself doesn't always have to be cool either so long as there is something cool about it - see Slavia's cool cut.
I know there is at least one other video that came out while i've been underway that I want. . . maybe more. I plan to dig a little once I get home.
Post by Tom K. (ianflaer) on Oct 28, 2009 16:31:05 GMT
Lance, you have a very unusual body mechanic going on here. you ae cutting towards your lead leg which most sword schools teach as wrong but is a standard cut from behind a shield. the arguement for cutting from right to left as you step forward with your right is that your shoulders stay square with your hips, meaning your body generates more power, and it allows full extension and longer reach. I assume you do it the way you do because that's what you were taught. I don't think it's wrong but I'm interested in the theory behind it. looks to me like you are using your back foot to power the strike so cutting the way you do is similar to your natural arm motion while walking. it should generate lots of power but there's still an issue of shortened reach.
Post by Lancelot Chan on Oct 28, 2009 17:20:34 GMT
There is such cutting mechanic in Chinese martial arts, which is what I'm learning. You can often see this motion in Wushu Dao form they demonstrate. By cutting toward my lead leg, I'm forced to use my back and feet, the parts that would generate the most power. The rate of the cuts and the power they demonstrated reflected the fact. Actually, this sword is so heavy that if I perform the successive cuts the other way around, it would be difficult to return it into position for the following cuts after the initial one. Shortened reach isn't a problem. I used to give this a lot of concern until I've learnt that in Chinese martial arts mentality, they shortened the distance between oneself and the opponent by relying on intensive footwork. Moreover, when the sword stays close to the body, it feels lighter, exerts much stronger forces, turns faster and reacts quicker to incoming attacks. I've witness one of my student wielding a katana against an opponent with a much longer sword, who relied on long range attacks with multiple feints. The outcome was that the extended attack wouldn't be able to riposte fast enough to defend himself against the counter attack of the swordsman who defended the feints with his sword close to the body, readied to strike at any moment.
Here's a clip of wushu form showing this kind of cutting mechanic. It's just that it seems no one out there were actually cutting with CMA techniques and showed it on videos, thus it was so rare.
Hope you can see how often this master cut toward his lead leg.
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Post by Tom K. (ianflaer) on Oct 29, 2009 0:25:55 GMT
wow, been busy in here today.
Marc, I always thought you were pretty cool and those are some pretty good cuts, I'll take them and thank you. +1 karma for the sumission
Lance, that is some seriously beautiful sword work there. I figured you had good reason for doing what you were. I could tell it was practiced and deliberate and not too different than something I have done with a shield. I think I understand the theory behind the movements you are doing but it is pretty rare to be seen around here. we see lots of JSA type stuff but very little Chinese and other culture arts. there'll be another +1 coming your way once I can.
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