Saturday, May 30, 2020
China - 1913 Sword Competition - Scott Rodell
At that time, the traditional swords were made of iron and steel
In order to participate in the county competition, (swordsmith) Shen Tingzhang forged a special. This sword was sharp and beautiful, easily cutting through three copper plates, swords made by other contestants cut through two pieces.
Shen won first place, being was named "Jian Kui.”
Translation by Scott Rodell
Thursday, May 28, 2020
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Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Traditional Chinese Swords and Swordsmanship “A Sword Fight.” 1917, magic lantern slide showing Wang Wen-lin and Wang Shhh-Ching.
Source: The Digital Collections of Springfield College. Source:https://chinesemartialstudies.com/2018/01/25/through-a-lens-darkly-49-kung-fu-at-springfield-college-1917/wangs-springfield-college-1927-hook-sword/?fbclid=IwAR1OgEDFaVWVkADer8CDSabnnXBYuqSSifahY09KPNKf_veGZoHyaJiRwes
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Monday, May 18, 2020
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Saturday, May 16, 2020
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
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Friday, May 8, 2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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Monday, May 4, 2020
My teacher Marcus Brinkman - Learn Xingyi Quan and Bagua Zhang at Boulder Internal Martial Arts. Chinese Martial Arts - Kung Fu - Shu Jin : Vertical Force
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Scott M. Rodell 一寸長， 一寸強
One inch longer, one inch stronger
One inch smaller, one inch (more) skillful
One inch shorter, one inch closer
~ an old Chinese saying
This is an old martial saying that seems to originate at least in part with General Qi Jiguang who wrote, “Short weapons cannot intercept long weapons, one inch longer is one inch stronger (Duǎn bù jiē zhǎng, yīcùn cháng yīcùn qiáng, 短不接長，一寸長一寸強).” In general, the phrase addresses the difference between long weapons, such as spears, and shorter weapons, including swords.
In terms of sword work itself, this may be interpreted in another manner as~
If your sword cuts are an inch longer, they will have more power. However, if they are an inch smaller, that is more skillful. Then the distance to the duifang is an inch shorter, and you are an inch close to land a blow.
This describes the evolution every diligent swordsman moves thorough. At first, one tends to rely on power. Further training brings refinement leading to one’s movements becoming smaller, tighter, and thus quicker. Deflections are then only as big as needed and the sword isn’t swung at the duifang’s body in general, but at a small, exact target. This compacting of one’s technique changes the timing of actions so that your sword ends up moving closer to the target even as the duifang is attacking. Thus the distance to your target is shorter though the starting distance has not changed.
Note that the last word in this saying, xiǎn, is typically translated as danger in common vernacular Chinese. It can however also mean to be near as in a near miss or a close call.. The overall structure of the saying is one where a specific condition leads to a improved result. Following that structure, the distance being an inch shorter, places the swordsman in a better tactical position, one inch closer to landing his or her blow. Certainly, that is also a more dangerous position (for both swordsmen). However, if one has deflected properly, leading the duifang’s weapon into a void while maintain tip control, so that one’s sword is aligned with its target, then in this dangerous position, there is a strategic opportunity.
~ Scott M. Rodell