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#231277 - 01/06/09 01:11 AM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Cole_Caecus]
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I'm out of the loop on this one...could someone explain what boffering is?

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#231278 - 01/06/09 09:02 AM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Ames]
Halley Offline
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We have had several broken bones, i myself broke 2 fingers in my hand, got my wrist dislocated, got a concussion, so i can attest that they hurt for real.




Run, run for your life. Preferably in the direction of a lawyer. This isn't a dojo, it's a fight club. Any dojo that has this safety record gives the entire world of martial arts a bad name.

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#231279 - 01/06/09 03:36 PM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Cole_Caecus]
cxt Offline
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Cole

Cool, didn't know you were a physics major......I was just worried that people might ge jacking around with stuff they didn't fully understand were dangerous......we get a lot of people reading this site and there is no-way to tell whom is reading what and what their background might be.

Since the topic was "safe sword fighting" I was a bit worried that people that didn't know etc might be might get confusd and think the weapons your talking about were "safe."

Safety first and all.


Edited by cxt (01/06/09 03:39 PM)
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#231280 - 01/07/09 10:43 AM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: cxt]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Thanks for the dojo reference. That explains much. Just how much do these things weigh? A good Japanese katana will weigh anywhere from 800 grams to 1400 grams. That's to say anywhere around 2 to 3 pounds. I have trouble imaginging anything made with a pvc, fiberglass, or carbon fiber core and latex coating weighing anywhere near as much and still approaching the same form as a real sword. The densities of the materials just don't allow it.

BTW, you may not be aware of it, but there is a good Araki Ryu dojo in Austin, and I seem to recall a Yagyu Shinkage Ryu dojo as well.


Edited by Charles Mahan (01/07/09 10:44 AM)
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#231281 - 01/07/09 06:08 PM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Charles Mahan]
Cole_Caecus Offline
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Im not personally in this dojo, i dont live anywhere near austin. As for the weight of the weapons, i dont have a scale or anything, but it feels about the same as my real sword, but thats just feeling it though. The foam on the sword its fairly dense, toward the inside it gets more solid, and more dense, then towards the outside it gets softer. And we are mostly safe, after the broken bones we instituted some rules, like wearing a cup, some kind of helmet to protect our head, and maybe heavy clothes. Again, me and my group are not a part of that dojo, we dont have a website or anything. But i have gotten better at this so i dont break any bones any more, i have stopped wearing the helmet again, and so far so good, except for the first day i got stabbed in the eye with a very nasty thrust at me as i was falling. But after that im doin great! Im just stubborn when it comes to that.

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#231282 - 01/08/09 10:02 AM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Cole_Caecus]
Halley Offline
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But i have gotten better at this so i dont break any bones any more, i have stopped wearing the helmet again, and so far so good, except for the first day i got stabbed in the eye with a very nasty thrust at me as i was falling.




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#231283 - 01/08/09 10:26 PM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Halley]
Cole_Caecus Offline
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Registered: 01/04/09
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Well, as darwin as it may be, i enjoy the fighting, and learning to not get hit as much and not get hurt is a good accomplishment to me. Even though it hurts, i learn from it.

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#231284 - 01/10/09 10:05 PM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Cole_Caecus]
Charles Mahan Offline
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Loc: Denton, Tx, USA
Why not do it for real? There is probably real training in available in your area?
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#231285 - 01/12/09 06:43 AM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Charles Mahan]
Cole_Caecus Offline
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Registered: 01/04/09
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That type of training, at least in my area, costs money per month, and being a college student in my own appartment, cant afford to go pay 80 -150 a month for that kind of thing, not even counting the equipment. Which also needs to be maintained. I prefer this to the 'real' thing, because i can get hit with it and feel it well without (Usually) much injury, and not have to wear padding or armor or the like. It also costs much less in the money department. I was, when i first started boffering, using the pvc pipe ones that are usually used, and was to say the least dubious of using the newer weapons as they cost more money, but they done break or need repaired as the pvc ones do. And the 'real' ones in my area arent exactly in my area, more like 1.5 hours away.

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#231286 - 01/20/09 12:58 PM Re: Boffering, safe sword fighting. [Re: Cole_Caecus]
cxt Offline
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Cole

Sorry to drop back in so late......on the road...noe e-mail.

But just in case your still about.

Since its the "cost" of training that is bothering you...and it should, lessons are sometimes expensive.

Think how much a injury is going to cost you. ........you may not be the guy paying the insurence bill...but SOMEBODY is......you have mentioend injury prior..someot pretty serious.

Sounds like the proper training might be less expensive in the longer run......there used to be saying about being penny wise and pound foolish.
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