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Whip cracking

Whip cracking is not a part of the Bartitsu curriculum, but it feels as though it ought to be. Seattle is a hotbed of whip cracking activity, thanks largely to David Morgan, whose work is being carried on by his … Continue reading

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Weekend wrapup

Saturday, another stimulating cutlass class under the tutelage of N.B. The real meat of this style, from a martial arts perspective, lies in a sort of game that one plays with the opponent regarding level of commitment to a particular … Continue reading

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The legs go first

At longsword practice yesterday E.A. reported that after the Escrima practice I bailed out of, he developed a similar pattern of symptoms: his legs were a little sore the next day but cripplingly sore the day after that, and took … Continue reading

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Miscellany

A belated, hence overloaded post covering the last week: Did Jiujitsu/SAMBO on Wednesday evening. The curriculum was a style of double-leg takedown in which the attacker drops to one knee while keeping the other foot planted, presses the side of … Continue reading

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steel ball install

Finally received the bored-out steel ball from the machine shop. Proceeded to install this on the end of a piece of rattan. Fairly self-explanatory pictures follow. The thing with the helical fins is a threaded insert, made for driving into … Continue reading

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log entry

Yesterday, another fine saber/cutlass class with N.B., continuing to refine basic skills covered last week. We are looking at a two-week hiatus now because of Steamcon next week followed by T’giving the week after. Am thinking I may have to … Continue reading

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DAUE Saber thrust shield

There is probably a technical sword term for this, but, having completed the thumb shield, I have been fabricating the part of the DAUE Saber hilt that is intended to protect the hand from thrusting attacks. After coming up with … Continue reading

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Double header

Yesterday featured a rare BWAHAHA doubleheader as I attended escrima practice from 10-12 followed by the debut session of N.B.’s cutlass/saber class from 1-3. Before departing home in the a.m. I made minor progress building the hilt of the DAUE … Continue reading

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Remedial jiujitsu?

Another good SAMBO/jiujitsu session on Wednesday evening. B.U. happened to be there and so we worked on certain hip throws together. Making this stuff work is almost entirely a matter of understanding balance and leverage and we are gradually getting … Continue reading

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Rapid prototyping furniture for the DAUE saber

A.T. delivered two copies of the I-beam practice saber with their tips trimmed and rounded off. Blade length is now 30.75 inches. Balance point is rather far forward, but this is a consequence of the lack of a finished guard. … Continue reading

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