Man, I love it when a chick whose avatar is standing in Pflug starts talking about being strong in the bind and then grappling. Awesome.
Originally Posted by AnnaTrocity
I tend to think that all the chi-sau nonsense came from a misguided attempt to apply certain principles of weapon fighting to the empty hand. The bind works because of the reach of the weapon & the fact that cutting/stabbing someone does a lot more damage then a blunt strike delivered with equal force.
Also, I second the whole bind to ringen thing. Guy drives forward, you let his point go past you & hit him in the face with your pommel. Then hook the pommel on his neck, sweep the leg & stab him while he's on the ground. It's just good fun.
Another reason "bind to ringen" works so well with a two-handed sword is that the "closed frame" created by gripping the sword with two hands makes it much easier to exert leverage; your elbows reinforce your hands, your hips reinforce your elbows and your stance reinforces your hips. Big biomechanical advantage.
I agree. The hard part so far is that my experience with shorter weapons has been to disengage or clinch once I have that contact. The austin group I don't think has worked much of the Ringen in general, so the range isn't very present in the drills or sparring.
To respond to the OP's original concerns, two-thirds of all senior members and at least half a dozen entire Study Groups have left ARMA over the past two months precisely because of the ultra-authoritarian (or, as many would say, "cult-like") way the organization is run.
I have discussed these issues at length on my blog: http://blog.paulushectormair.com/
ARMA's training methodology is excellent, yes, but that does not make up for the many, many problems with its leadership.
Last edited by Skiritai; 4/20/2009 8:44am at .
Wow...the fact that Jake Norwood (who was my instructor in ARMA and changed the way I looked at martial arts training) resigned really settles it in my book. Jake was awesome so if he has beef with John then I know it's for real.
Last time I emailed John about possibly getting involved with ARMA again after a hiatus he responded back that my cup might be to full and that left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. Sucked cause I was really eager to get back involved in HEMA and I feel that I would have been an asset to the organization.
I'm a member of the ARMA (DFW branch specifically)
if you look at clips of Jake when he was a member of The ARMA, and how he spars now, he has degraded significantly. Such a shame. :P
He could still beat me, of course. I'm just saying that even I can see how bad it is.
Whoops, responded to OP. My bad. :)
EDIT: I'm am an ARMA member. I really just focus on my local group and don't get involved with internet discussions etc. for the most part.
Last edited by Wounded Ronin; 5/15/2011 1:11pm at .
Smart, that. We try to do the same with our group (not ARMA, BTW).
Originally Posted by Wounded Ronin
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