Originally posted by _damon
reply to post by punkinworks
I usually train with a bokken. I train with a real katana (paul chen) but only to get stronger arms and better speed, simple moves. A sword is a tool
to cut, harm, kill, imo. I usually visualize opponent when i train so i put strenght in my moves to cut and not only "move a piece of metal".
What i want to learn for now? Using a sword, parry, moves, katas, get a stronger body by practising and more speed. So any books that could help me
You should U2U member, "Hanslune", he has formal training in Niten-ryū, he might be of some assistance.
One thing that I found, for myself anyway, that since I was really interested in combat training, doing the forms of the newer styles was kinda
boring for me.
And since its a deadly game to full speed spar, even with a bokken, it made it very difficult to adequately practice, if you are truely trying to
cut there is not way to check your swing.
So I gave it up, and put all my attention to my racing.
When I was 11 I was out thrashing around on my bmx bike during summer break, and I happened upon fencing store that was closing down and bought a
foil with a russian grip for $10.
I had no idea at the time it was a lefty grip but it was all good.
I played with the thing a little but it sat it my closet for 25 years, then a fencing school opened and I joined.
I was lucky that the instructor was a former world champion and olympic medalist, (saber and foil) from hungary.
Of the three weapons, foil saber and eppee, the eppee is by far my favorite.
You cant get any closer to real dueling than with the eppee.
Its not as rigid as the foil or saber, weapons that have target zones and right of ways.
In eppee the whole body is a valid target not just the front of the torso and the mask as in foil, or the upper body in saber.
And in those weapons there is a "right of way", when a combatant makes an offensive move first, the opponent is obligated to defend firts, then
counter attack , even if you can beat them to the touch on a counter attack. It was very counter to " The Way", and it was frustrating.
The eppee on the other hand, is a modern adaptaion of a dueling weapon, and the whole body is a target, from the tip of the toe or finger all the way
up and around.
And there is no right of way, its just like dueling.
anyway U2U hanslune