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Introduction

Fighting Words: The linguistics of martial arts.

“Yī’, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí!” “Ichi, ni, san, shi, go, roku, shichi, hachi, kyu, ju!” “Hanna, dul, set, net, dasot, yasot, elgob, yadol, ahop, yol!” For those of us in the martial arts, there are, I would imagine, very few of us that cannot count to ten in the language… Continue reading Fighting Words: The linguistics of martial arts.

Tong Bei Studies

The Biomechanics of Ma Tong Bei: Dan Pi Shou 單劈手

In preparation for Ma Yue's visit here in a couple of weeks, I will be posting some discussions related to Ma Shi Tongbei and related topics. We still have room so anyone that wants to come for the rare opportunity, please let me know. Ma Yue with Russian Students in "gun bei"滾背 Introduction Ma Shi… Continue reading The Biomechanics of Ma Tong Bei: Dan Pi Shou 單劈手

News

Updates: French Lightsaber news and Ma Yue interview returns!

Greetings all! I apologize for the lack of posts recently. We are in full tilt boogie mode here preparing for my teacher, Ma Yue's visit this August. And of course much to do with the FFE! I thought I would do a quick update post for a few news items. Master Ma Yue and his… Continue reading Updates: French Lightsaber news and Ma Yue interview returns!

Lightsaber Academy

The Five Principles of Scoring: ASL-FFE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bymIYBz0mxU The ASL-FFE sytem of Lightsaber combat is based around five core principles: Engagement Arming: Engagement Arming is an action which opens a "weapon phrase" and grants an attack priority before launching it at the opponent. This action is performed by bringing the entire hilt and blade behind the vertical midline of the body. This… Continue reading The Five Principles of Scoring: ASL-FFE