Monthly Archives: August 2010

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Sunday, had a chance to discuss the saber project in more detail with A.T. during an otherwise unremarkable longsword practice. Since he is interested in participating himself, he has many thoughts on this topic regarding weight, balance, etc., and we … Continue reading

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Screaming practice

Yesterday, longsword work in the morning with E.A., trying, with some success, to make sense of winding. Specifically why it’s not suicidal to wind to the opposite side with an initial winding has failed. Later worked with J.E. on some … Continue reading

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Arse time as cause of premature demise

Slashdot posts a link to a story about how sitting on your arse will kill you, reminding me that just yesterday I assembled a new work table designed for use with my TreadDesk. It took me long enough; I’ve had … Continue reading

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Minor cane progress

The stainless steel spheres arrived from McMaster Carr, polished to “hand met de spiegelende bol” smoothness, good for meditative/contemplative purposes. T.W. is certainly correct that 1.5″ is the right size; the others are way too small. I got a few … Continue reading

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Lunchtime workout with B.U. on some Italian longsword stuff, starting with very basic attacks and defenses and progressing to more grappling-like material. Chickening out of jiujitsu this evening because of tweaked neck. I think this started last week when I … Continue reading

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Practice with E.A. and B.W. this morning. Got a late start and then spent a while maundering about with Sprechfenster and winding, gradually coming to the suspicion that there is something bogus about both, at least as explicated in the … Continue reading

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Sensitivity Training

Yesterday at our big weekly practice, pursued the “sensitivity training” (i.e. Sprechfenster and related) stuff that has been our emphasis of late in the morning practices. A.T. showed up with the rest of the batch of 6 heavy I-beam longswords … Continue reading

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Escrima today under tutelage of A.S. Lots of beginners present, so we worked on elementary two-stick drills, focused as usual on basic biomechanics and power generation. If the stick curriculum in Bartitsu is construed as being limited to self-defense with … Continue reading

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eyes v. hands

Yesterday, no martial activity per se, but had an interesting lunchtime conversation with a friend who is a psychologist with very extensive experience in Japanese martial arts. He is of the view that because vision is neocortical, any inputs that … Continue reading

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Gradual progress, multiple fronts

Yesterday, longswords in the a.m. with E.A. and B.W., mostly working absetzen or Opposition Thrust depending on how you like your terminology. The new I-beams performing as well as they look. Today the period of heat-related indolence came to a … Continue reading

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