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I'm one of teenagers who liked swords in high-school and decided to dedicate substantial time to train in a sword system.
Two years in, I want to spar. Trouble is, my system (Shinkendo) doesn't advocate free-sparring, and discourages mingling with other sword schools (fuck if I know why). I want to train with other practitioners in my area (Los Angeles), And not Iaido/Kendo/Tameshigiri specialists.
Anyone have any experience training with various practitioners in thier community? What have your experiences been? What style of weaponry do you practice?
inb4 you hate Shinkendo. I really dont care about Obata hard-ons other members or teachers have, and only train because it has a great system.
We use both a bokuto and shinken in class, though some opt for an iaito. All forms save for 2-man sparring drills can be performed with either a live blade or a wooden sword.
The name Shinkendo isn't meant to imply that we train with real swords all the time; just that we train as if we were using real swords. That means practising correct edge angle, generating power from the legs, using your opponent's energy to create a stretch-shortening cycle..
It's super fun, and I want to see if any techniques can translate into free sparring. Kotei (wrist strike from mutual Chudan block) definitely work though lol.
I was the same way, In highschool I took 3 years of fencing, Being left handed I excelled at it and did very well in locale events...and backyard events were a blast when your using a style focuses on 2 rules: keep away and stick em with the pointy end.
I learn german medival fenching. With longswords, messers, polearms and wrestling. We spar almost every week after practice, no matter the skill. I'll take on my teacher, and loose ofcourse, but none-the-less its sparring.
>no mixing styles
Then your school is bullshit and is trying to keep you from seeing it. Decent martial artists are usually very eager to mix styles and weapons. Find new dojo as soon as possible. You WILL NOT be able to compete if you can't spar.
Mixing in new stuff is always a good idea. Why would it not be? Just amke sure you PRACTICE IT. Both drills and sparring. Drills first, obviously.
If you're having issue with not being able to train to your fullest because of the kids, talk to your instructor, and get some one on one time, or even go and work with other students outside of class.
Jiu-jistsu is still very solid stuff. Don't get it confused with judo- one is crap, the other is a system that was mean to be used to throw around armored men. Try and find a school with a nice, long lineage, and learn the actual battlefield form of it. It's the difference between being happy you got a hip throw, and going for the hip throw, but also breaking the guys arm and neck all in one combination.
Check if there is an SCA group in your area, if your stuff won;t work on those guys,you have some thinking to do. http://www.sca.org/
I have a hanwei katana shobo zukiri raptor, I wish I actually had more training and practice with it. I need to buy some mats or other cutting medium.
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Nice- you totally shattered the faith I have in my training, and the faith I have in my system! Whats more, you even hurt my feelings.
It takes a real man with true weapons training experience to make such a baseless insult so effective.
well, it seems he's shown how easily offended you are, that in itself is a weakness that can be played upon during a spar that would see you loose.
I would work on my self-confidence if I were you.
Well, a lot of people don't take it seriously, but I trained aikido for awhile. It's kind of like jiu-jistsu, with more focus on body positioning. From what I'm told, It's one of the best martial arts for open sparring, and It's one of the only ones that teaches effective basic techniques for multiple attackers. It could be a good opportunity for OP, all techniques originate from sword arts and translate pretty well. A lot of the guys I trained with had also practiced systema or something cooler and were willing to share what they learned.
you dont need swords two fucking sticks and go all eskrima