Shameless plug time! This August 2nd, 3rd, and 4th, I will be hosting a workshop seminar with my teacher Master Ma Yue. This is going to be a seminar focusing on weapon work and Duan Bing (Chinese fencing). He will being including work with the bian gun or short stick. This is an extension of… Continue reading Summer Workshop with Ma Yue!
This blog is about a few rather disparate subjects. I am careful not to claim mastery or expertise in any of these, just experience in the field. My language experience is from my days in professional interpreting. So I approach the linguistic questions from that point of view. The historical questions have always been asked… Continue reading Perspectives: Traditional and Historical Martial Arts
It is finally here! The English Translation of the rules for Lightsaber Sparring in France! You may download them in PDF form below. You may also view them as images on our Facebook Page. The First booklet is the rules for competitors. The second is for judges and arbitration. Please feel free to take a… Continue reading The French Rules for Lightsaber Sparring!!!
Symposium 2019 2019 marks the 7th year of TPLA. Since seven is such an iconic number in our circles, we have decided to take this as a cue to rebrand a bit, improve the content and bring this activity into more varied and interesting realms. As such this years Symposium will kick off the banner… Continue reading Symposium 2019 and the General’s Return Fund
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgswUijRROE Ataru: Formula (please reference this video with the text) Ataru is a much storied Form and Formula. It is desired by so many and ridiculed by the same number. There are those who wish to achieve its feats of acrobatics and flash. It represents aggression, something that emboldens the novice with thoughts of super… Continue reading Ataru: Formula of Attack
The Four Words as discussed in the previous installment, form a sort of conceptual base from which to build a system of sword fencing. Although, it has been pointed out by many, that much of modern swordsmanship is lacking in a foundation like the one laid with the Four Words. Esteemed writers and teachers often… Continue reading S-words: Xi, to wash
Master Ma Yue leads the TPLA group through the basics of Duan Bing The weekend of February 23-24, we had a special event here. My teacher, Master Ma Yue of Ma Family Tongbei, came in to town to teach a group of individuals the basics of the game of “Duan Bing” or short weapon combat.… Continue reading Duan Bing with Master Ma Yue