Post by roninpenguin on Apr 10, 2013 1:43:27 GMT -5
That is one of the things I like about fighting with my Tachi, the blade is only a hair longer than most people's broadswords but because I'm using it two handed it has way more power. Then one of my secret techniques (shhh, don't tell anyone) is that I let go with my left hand and throw a single handed shot at an angle my opponent wasn't expecting (usually an off side to the body at an almost vertical angle around their shield).
I set up the shot by being super aggressive and pressing their shield with my Tsuka, blocking just about everything they throw my just sliding my hands back and forth across their shield, then when I feel them try to push off I either release my tension letting the shield open for a shot, or I keep the tension with the hand I released with while throwing the off side. Because the tension is still there they don't see the shot coming.
i have been thinking after reading all the replies and trying to formulate an answer that doesnt sound bad or pompous? maybe? but here goes anyway. i think you can fight with ANY weapon any size and be good if you train correctly. see that sounds bad lol i am not trying to be disrespectfull at all or be disparaging . i have fought with all weapons in the sca in my 28 years . from a monkey dagger duo to 6ft great swords, madu ond mace to glaive. i truly believe its the training behind the weapon not the weapon. i have seen Yagyu-dono ( roninpenguin) and mitsuhide-dono fight multiple opponent sword and boarders with their short katanas and prevail. and have myself fought many enemies with my katana wich has a 29" blade and 11" tsuka. it was made for me as a gift of service by a good friend baron sir conrad of the outlands. its shaved down from a 2" piece to 1 3/4 perfectly shaped blade with a cultured thrusting tip. it is very well balanced and a bit light but is very strong. i train with it during my aikido practice instead of my bokken with my guantlets on to get the feel for it. and as Yagyu-dono said about his technique it is very effective i added a little of my own flavor by setting my right upper arm ( i am right handed) on their shield much the way yagyu does with his hands and feel their energy not allowing them to disengage . and can easily fend of any attack by tapping their basket hilt or first cple inches of their sword ( if guantleted) with my blade until they try the long looping wrap shot in wich i shoulder their shield tipping their balance as they reset their center to throw that shot and either elbow their shield out of the way for a head or shoulder cut or curve the blade around the inner rim of their shield for a solid thrust. last sunday at the rivenoak fools tourny in the west kingdom i fought a gentleman sword and boarder who couldnt strike me at all because i glued myself to his shield and played sticky hands with our swords lol. i kept constant contact with my katana on his basket hilt until he had to try a looping around the head offside shot and as he did i stuck to his weapon until it was over his head and gave his elbow a nudge sending him off balance finnishing him with a lung cut. afterwards we fought many pickups as he wanted to learn how to defend against that style and also he said that he wanted to learn how to remain calm instead of getting frustrated as he did in our duel. www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDQSJqrvkcY&feature=share&list=PLD4E494CF3523A125
i love this whole series but i particularly enjoy the naginata section and the kendo section . the naginata because of the beauty and the kendo for the training everyday. everyday a 1000 repetitions to hone your skill with any weapon will show what im trying to say. again i am not bragging or being disrespectfull just trying to unwind the jumble of thoughts in my head lol and not sound superior.
Minamoto Shintaro Masashige
A.K.A Lash Wraithbone
Elder Tribe of Kuro Kaze
Oathsworn of The Black Company
or as I like it just