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#137379 - 03/23/05 12:40 AM Re: Sai Practitioners..

I study Kobudo for some time complementry to karate and I have come to the same conclusion. Some old 'street tricks', like throwing sand are still preserved in the Kobudo kata and no longer explained in the karate applications. It is a pitty that Japanese society dismissed Kobudo as a 'peasants art, unworthy to samourai' with the introduction of Toudi in the mainland Japan (although Mabuni tried). Otherwise the art would have been more largely accepted together with karate-do. What Kobudo thaught me the most, is the devestating impact of a technique (one decent hit and it's al over). As karate is geared towards a more popular interpretation with focus on sport and spiritual aspect, the search for devestating power and true techniques tends to be forgotten. Kobudo tends to bring me back to the roots of 'war fighting' and the spirit involved. It reflects also onto my karate training.
Kobudo has obsolutely no value in direct application for self-defence but it will create a very allert spirit.
But most of all, it is a lot of fun to do.

#137380 - 03/25/05 09:43 AM Re: Sai Practitioners..

i completely agree

#137381 - 04/13/05 10:25 AM Re: Sai Practitioners..

i have a set <jumping on the post sry> and have tried to adapt them to my tae kwon-do techniques as thats my chosen art, they do seem to fit well with sine wave movement and and flow of tkd,, but i have yet to find a karate class near me that will allow me to just learn some sai techniques. as im doing this for my own interest

#137382 - 04/29/05 02:02 PM Re: Sai Practitioners..

I started practicing with a set about 6 months ago. I found out a friend had a pair and asked if I could see them. She ended up lending them to me indefinitely, along with the appropriate Demura book. I too am using them with TKD and have just incorporated them into my open-hand forms. I found that it worked well with Dan-Gun, and with some modification was able to get lots of flipping blocks and strikes, as well as some backfists (which are excellent with the sai.)

I went to a competition (my first one) and used the Dan-Gun form. I realized that at competitions it's all about being flashy - not having good technique and an effective form. Control is important, but flash is more impressive.

However, I did run into a TKD black belt who was spinning the sais. He showed me how to flip them. I then had two karate black belts come over and tell me that was an inappropriate use of the weapon. The TKD BB told me later that he actually learned the spinning as part of a form. I figure spinning the sais is fun and cool-looking, and it's great exercise for my wrists - so I'm still practicing it. I figure if I ever come up against a katana-wielding opponnent, not spinning my sais will be the least of my worries. [IMG][/IMG]

I found the flipping motion rather easy to learn, but I've found that it comes much more naturally to me now after six months of practice. It's also a weapon I can bring to the office and practice without scaring people (no blade or swinging bits.) If I'm sitting in my chair flipping one, the usual response is, "Ooh, can I see that?" Granted, I have a pretty laid-back office. [IMG][/IMG]

Anyway, I like the sai. ATM, it's my favorite weapon - though I've only studied the bo, nunchaku and sai.


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