Fear Of Injury Makes Realistic Sword Practice?

"If you were to have a sparring match or freeplay practice that has the possibility of injury, people will move and fight more realistically." True? Or False? The answer which I've been thinking about for 10+ years, in my humble opinion, is not as clear-cut as we want it to be. Firstly, I recognize that if I make a wrong move in sparring means the possibility of injury, I will definitely move more cautiously. The psychological changes will affect my actions. I think most people agree with this, and some might think that this creates a more realistic behavior in people. To put it as simple as possible, imagine a balancing scale with "Safety" on one side, and "Realism" on the other. When one g

"Magpie Crosses Branch", Staff Technique From Sword Treatise

"Magpie Crosses Branch" is an agile footwork technique, in the 400 years old Ming Dynasty manual, Sword Treatise. Below is my interpretation of this footwork technique. Although this manual is about wooden Staff techniques, but I intentionally demonstrated with a wooden Guan Dao, because you can apply it to any weapon. Even if you're empty-handed too! The important point is to move in a straight direct fashion to the next spot, without compromising your posture. In my opinion, the straighter you're able to move, the higher your skill level. Beginners tend to sway left/right when they move. I hope this quick video has helped you to visualize "Magpie Crosses Branch", and has aided you overall

"Chicken Pecks Grains", Staff Technique From Ming Dynasty manual Sword Treatise

"Chicken Pecks Grains" is a Staff technique from the 400 years old manual, Sword Treatise, written by Ming Dynasty General Yu Da-you. This technique involves making small quick multiple strikes, usually targeted at the enemy's hands. Because of its resemblance to a chicken eating and pecking at grains on the floor, hence it was given this name. Below is a quick 2 minutes video that I've made to demonstrate this technique, and also highlight a few pointers Notice a few things: Movement is generated by the body, and not entirely just by using the arms. Both arms are kept straight in a natural manner (not locked elbows). This can help to emphasize the utilization of the body in generating this

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