So your a uechi-ka then?
Thus qualified to speak on exactly "what" a given hand formation is "for" in your specifc Uechi tradition?
Are you getting the point here---you issued a statment of FACT earilier--no "if's "and" or "other" qualifiers.
You stated a titular "fact" when no such facts as supported.
That may be your intepretation---but a fact it is not.
In term of 'stopping a sword weilder" do you train with the sword?
I ask because if that is what your claiming the sai to be defending against---it would be rather nice to know exactly how extensive your sword training might be and from what ryu.
It also begs the question, givent he manner of handleing the sai and its range, if one can "anticipate" a sword or bo BEFORE it gets into play---then why the need for a sai at all??
If the logic is based around "atticipation" then one would presueme that one could use feet/hands far faster than one could draw and or use their own weapon--thus its use in that regard would seem rather pointless.
2nd-why bother with a sai at all?
2-A--A single tiened jutte would be easier to make/balance, and its actually USED vs the sword in some schools.
Its also generally smaller, thus "faster" and thus more easy to used to "anticipate" a strike.
2-B, a smaller, more easily concealed weapon would work just as well if one suppsositon is that "anticpation" is the "key" here.
Sorry, but the logic is faulty, "anticipation" as a stratgy/tactic simply does not require the use of a sai.
In fact, its can be rather strongly shown that such a idea is NOT all that likley.
No, just becausue YOU claim to be going the "right" direction because you "borrow" some kata and principles from goju does not automatically mean that you are.
Goju may well be heading in the right direction--you riding its coattails in terms of claims does NOT automatically follow.
AGAIN, one of my main problems here is that a concise, well spread body of sai kata ALREADY exsisted, and was easily available for study, thus there is no need what-so-ever to add MORE kata of dubious conjecture to the mix.
In effect you wish people to belive that rather than walk down the street to sensai A--who is DIRECTLY teaching "sai vs bo" etc kata and bunkai with the real weapons--INSTEAD they DON'T practice the weapons at all--and just go thu highly changed motions WITHOUT actually training with the weapons actual weight and handleing.
Not bloodly likely
If nothing else, not actually using the weapons to train would make it VERY hard to effectivly use them when the time came---you kinda need to get used to the weight and how to use them.
A much better explaination is that the 'empty hand" kata can be pressed into serve with weapon training--much the same way I can pull up stumps using my car.
Not what I bought it for, not what its generally used for, but it CAN be used for such--if "better" equipment is not avaialble.
That is "at best."