Historical Martial Arts, S-Words: swordplay lexicon, Sword Lab

S-words: Xi, to wash

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

S-Words: swordplay lexicon, Sword Lab

“S” Words: The Four Words

In the Chinese martial arts, there are certain words and characters that have special meaning. They are often words that are descriptive of familiar, every day actions. They have traditionally been used as mnemonics to aid in memorization and visualization of the techniques they describe. But, because of the metaphorical nature of this practice, instructions… Continue reading “S” Words: The Four Words