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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.

Fight Science, Tong Bei Studies

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

Fitness, and especially martial arts, is replete with sayings and training koans. Many of these sayings are rather suspect, sounding good on the surface but not standing up to scrutiny. Others are so counter intuitive, they foster resistance to them to this day. One of these sayings is “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast”.… Continue reading Slow is smooth and smooth is fast

Media and Reviews

"Women Can't Fight with a 10 Pound Sword."

Are you enjoying the Witcher on Netflix? I am. I think you should watch it. It does some big things very right. But, not according to idiot Andrew Klaven: “Immediately I was put off by the fact that there’s a queen in this who fights like a man,” he declared. “There’s a couple of scenes… Continue reading "Women Can't Fight with a 10 Pound Sword."

Events

Exploring Creativity and Authenticity: A Workshop with Damon Honeycutt

We have our first guest contributor here to the blog! Actually two! Ben Judkins of Kung Fu Tea and his wife Tara recently hosted Damon Honeycutt for a workshop last Sunday. Damon is one of the progenitors of the lightsaber movement and last winter we hosted him here for the Symposium. Here is a report… Continue reading Exploring Creativity and Authenticity: A Workshop with Damon Honeycutt

Media and Reviews, Star Wars

The Madalorian: Returning to the roots of Star Wars

****Spoilers ahead for the Mandalorian! If you have not seen the show and don’t want it spoiled , stop reading now!!!**** Chapter four of the Mandalorian has just dropped and did not disappoint. I am thoroughly enjoying this program and I am not alone. Fans and new comers alike are falling in love with this… Continue reading The Madalorian: Returning to the roots of Star Wars

Lightsaber Academy, News, Star Wars

Why it is perfectly fine to call it “Baby Yoda”

Ok, so here is a quick rant dealing with some language stuff. It is short. Please bear with me for a moment. If you have seen the Mandalorian on Disney+ , you have no doubt fallen in love with the “secret” character revealed at the end of the first episode; an infant of the same race… Continue reading Why it is perfectly fine to call it “Baby Yoda”