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Old 06-18-2004, 07:37 PM   #5
Chris Li
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Re: Satome's Two Sword Practice

Jun Akiyama wrote:
I'd say, though, that the video itself isn't too well-suited towards learning about Saotome sensei's two sword stuff. I'd consider it more an auxiliary medium and think it would be pretty difficult to pick up a lot of what goes on...
The bulk of the tape is from a seminar at the old Chicago dojo around (?) 1988, when he was first starting up with the two sword stuff - I'm actually in it, if you can spot the back of my head...

Anyway, I always thought that the biggest benefit of the two sword stuff is that it tends to be a clear expression of Saotome's thinking on empty hand work. I never thought much of it as swordwork, although it does look awfully cool.



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