Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Sword Lab, Weapon reviews

In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

A closeup of the hilt of the Mackay Sui Dao from the collections of the Met. Note that the hilt of this sword is not actually broken, its image was manipulated for this photo. The Archeology of Dragons Today’s story begins with two, seemingly unrelated, artifact finds.  In 1930 two Chinese sabers (dao) believed to… Continue reading In Pursuit of Double Dragons: A Sui Dynasty Dao

Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Weapon reviews

Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen

Ben Judkins returns with another great review oof sword form LK Chen! Please check out thee original post on Kung Fu Tea! LK Chen’s Magnificent Chu Jian. Source: LKChenswords.com Rediscovering a Lost Sword Culture A single puzzle piece is useless on its own. Sometimes it takes one mystery to illuminate another.  Such is the case with… Continue reading Ben Judkins: More Swords from LK Chen

Historical Martial Arts, Media and Reviews, Weapon reviews

Ben Judkins- Mulan, the Hidden Hilt Dao and the Dragon Sparrow: LK Chen Explores the Northern Dynasties

This is a review and article that our Knight and Council member Ben Judkins has written on his blog "Kung fu Tea". He reviews three exquisite swords from new sword maker LK Chen. As always, Ben brings his scholarly perspective and insight to some fascinating objects. Enjoy: Mulan as she appreared in “New Poems and… Continue reading Ben Judkins- Mulan, the Hidden Hilt Dao and the Dragon Sparrow: LK Chen Explores the Northern Dynasties

Fight Science, Media and Reviews

Why do non-fighters think they can fight?

The keyboard warrior. The eternal "expert". Mr. Know-it-all. In martial arts we have all had our run ins with these types. From belt collectors who brag about their multiple month long training sessions with specific martial arts to the Armchair Quarterback explaining the game to you, as if they knew better, they are quite annoying.… Continue reading Why do non-fighters think they can fight?

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.”