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22 Jul 2017 14:57 - 22 Jul 2017 15:17 #292254 by JLSpinner
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There was a post about possibly including sword training on TOTJO. I know some of us here have training and would like to get a better understanding of what kind of knowledge we have here.
I have experience in Kendo but I mostly train lightsaber forms these days. I am primarily Makashi(form 2) but I can switch to Soresu(3) or Vaapad(7) if Makashi isn't doing well against my opponent.

Edit: I realize that not everyone knows these forms so I had better explain. Form 2 is similar to fencing. It's a dexterity based combat with lightning fast attacks. It requires balance and focus but it keeps the enemy at a distance and makes them work hard. Makashi uses one hand typically with primary foot forward
Form 3 is very defensive. Your primary foot should stay to the rear. I use defensive orbits and momentum to create a bubble of protection around me.
Form 7 is the opposite of 3. It requires anger to fuel your moves and is very strength based. I have been known to smack your blade right out of your hands. Unfortunately it uses very wide movements that can leave me vulnerable. Again primary foot forward.
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22 Jul 2017 15:13 #292255 by Arisaig
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I was actually talking about this last night with some friends here. Not sword training in particular, but lightsaber combat, drills, forms, ect. (I stared with Djem So, but have switched to Soresu because of my Aikido background (I have some videos of such on my personal journal for those interested)).

But I thought that perhaps it would be a fun way of getting the community together, have fun, learn from each other, get some fitness into our days, ect. Dunno if we can have a thread dedicated to that (perhaps within the Physical fitness forum or the SW subforum.)

But yes, I would love to see some martial arts around here. I think its a great way to encourage others to get into some fitness with the community, but also have some fun. :)

I look forward to seeing where this will go. :)

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22 Jul 2017 15:36 #292258 by Zenchi
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Perfect timing, ordering my first saber next week!

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22 Jul 2017 15:46 #292259 by JLSpinner
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What are you getting?

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22 Jul 2017 16:02 #292261 by Zenchi
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A Kyberlight, just to practice with until I have the money for the Descendant from Saberforge (hero tier). Won't probably have that till tax time next year so getting the Kyberlight now will provide the means to get some good practice in. By the time I get the Descendant in the mail, I'll know what form I'm partial to and will be rather proficient at using it correctly...

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22 Jul 2017 16:04 #292262 by JLSpinner
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Kyberlight that's the $180 life time warranty on the blade with color switch?

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22 Jul 2017 16:05 #292263 by Leah Starspectre
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I've been doing HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) for about a year and a half now.

The swordwork is drawn mainly from Lichtenhauer, with some Talhoffer and Fiore. I've been told that the local lightsaber training class is heavily based in Kendo and Fiore.

We also do ringen (grappling) which in also based in Lichtenhauer with some Russian SAMBO (the specialty of the instructor).

The thing with lightsaber-based training (from what I've been told) is that is less practical and more showy. Good for showing off and for solo training/fitness, but not great for combat.
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22 Jul 2017 16:21 - 22 Jul 2017 16:23 #292264 by JLSpinner
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That can be true. My forms are designed for dueling unlike the film's. My main form is fiore based.
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22 Jul 2017 17:01 #292269 by Arisaig
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Leah Starspectre wrote: The thing with lightsaber-based training (from what I've been told) is that is less practical and more showy. Good for showing off and for solo training/fitness, but not great for combat.


I do agree with your statement. I do it mostly for fun. :p

But, with my HEMA background, I go about it a bit differently than as seen in the prequels. (the original trilogy shows a much more realistic depiction of saber combat). But in the end its about fitness and having fun doing it. :)

If this idea takes off, I would love to see perhaps some of your HEMA practise, maybe some tutorials! :D I'm sure many would appreciate it, I know I will. :)

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22 Jul 2017 17:10 #292272 by JLSpinner
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I think we are going to have some fun here.

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