Even assuming you were really attempting to honor some Western martial tradition, why in God's name would you call it a "Pirate Dojo?"
- Your average pirate was a shitty swordsman (but, since you seem to espouse flailing over theory, I suppose you're right on track, here).
- You do realize that the word "dojo" is Japanese, right? In Western fencing, the most common name for the place in which one trains is probably "salle," though the words "school," "escola," "academia," et al, were used as well.
Not only a combination of noticeably eastern and western words that don't flow well together, but the part where any form of "piracy" is nonexistent, other than a few of my brain cells from having to endure that.
You're not a pirate unless you practice piracy, anyone can dress up like Johnny Depp and play tag, So unless the OP has been regularly plundering, (and by plundering I don't mean picking up dates at the bath house) you ain't no pirate bucko.
Oh sure, I could knock the zanyness of what you're doing, but I support people who are pro-choice on mental health.
Instead, get thee to the bookstore and pick up Pirate Utopias by Peter Lamborn Wilson, The Devil's Anarchy by Stephen Snelders, and The Pirate Primer by George Choundas.
Go out and get some long wobble boards and train fighting on them to simulate being on a ship.
Hell, get on a boat and give your wacky art a try.
If your dojo is so irate, why not try some breathing exercises?
Wilson is great fun ...
Originally Posted by Fitz
The "Pirate Dojo" guys have been posting on Western MA mailing lists as well. Going by the video, they're doing an adaptation of old-school English singlestick fencing, or more specifically, cudgel-play. The rules about not moving the feet and only counting successful strikes to the forehead do have historical precedent, but only as a rural fighting game (the sort of thing you'd see at country fairs, etc.) - also, the original cudgel-players didn't use fencing masks. You won by literally "breaking their pate", i.e., causing a bleeding head wound.
Later on, the basket-hilt cudgel was also used as a training weapon for military saber and cutlass fighting, and for recreational singlestick fencing, before being outmoded by relatively safe steel training sabers in the late 19th century.
Here's a bit of mobile singlestick fencing, as it would have been practiced in Scotland during the 1800s:
YouTube - Singlestick bout
That is just plain retarded.
Try using some actual rapiers and/or a cutlass. Also, try having some footwork. Only then will you look like normal chimps instead of mentally challenged ones.
Im guessing these dudes would have to pay out more then a few gold doubloons to recieve a plundering of their pirate booty.
Originally Posted by Odacon
No "Yaaaarghs!" in the OP... no parrot in the videos... no ship...
My timbers have never been more un-shivered.
NOT A PIRATE
Most pirates had STD's, too. Get yourselves some syphilis before you think you're the r34l d34l..
Originally Posted by Demon Eyes