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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by dustytretch » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:27 pm

I am reading Miyamoto Musashi's 'a book of 5 rings' at the moment and he recommends using 1 hand for more fluid movements
even if the katana feels a bit heavy it is good to get used to it.
Any thoughts on this approach?

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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by Geordie Ross » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:58 pm

I wouldn't personally do it as you halve your leverage with one hand, lessen your overall controll and accuracy, and you halve your speed, but if you use a wakisashi it would work better, but it still leaves a flailing arm flipping about doing nothing

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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by dustytretch » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:19 pm

I am trying to find out if Miyamoto himself only used one hand and one katana or he just recommended it for his two swords method :S

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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by Moon » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:04 am

dustytretch wrote:I am trying to find out if Miyamoto himself only used one hand and one katana or he just recommended it for his two swords method :S
Musashi's book of 5 rings will leave you with more questions than answers which many 'experts' give their own interpretation of but one thing that is patently obvious is that no Samurai ever used one katana single handed and it's impossible to authenticate if he actually ever used a daisho except in training...Musashi states that he was never defeated in a duel but that's not true and it appears that his prefered choice of weapon was the Bo.
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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by dustytretch » Sun Aug 26, 2012 12:21 am

Moon wrote:
dustytretch wrote:I am trying to find out if Miyamoto himself only used one hand and one katana or he just recommended it for his two swords method :S
Musashi's book of 5 rings will leave you with more questions than answers which many 'experts' give their own interpretation of but one thing that is patently obvious is that no Samurai ever used one katana single handed and it's impossible to authenticate if he actually ever used a daisho except in training...Musashi states that he was never defeated in a duel but that's not true and it appears that his prefered choice of weapon was the Bo.
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Thanks for clearing that up!
The part of the scroll of water that I have read seems to be very open to interpretation on the description of technique.
His preferred weapon was a Bo, thats a surprise, all stories I hear about his duels it seems like he used a katana or a bokken.
In a book of 5 rings it definitely seems to me he says to use a katana in one hand and a wakizashi in the other, could this just be the translation?

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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by Geordie Ross » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:47 pm

Not sure but I would imagine a katana and wakisashi in each hand would be a disadvantage, the handle of the katana and wak would be too slow and limply swung to use in battle conditions, especially when drawing them form the saya quickly.

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Re: correct grip, of a sword

Post by wtf? » Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:14 pm

Geordie Ross wrote:Not sure but I would imagine a katana and wakisashi in each hand would be a disadvantage, the handle of the katana and wak would be too slow and limply swung to use in battle conditions, especially when drawing them form the saya quickly.
In battle conditions... You would also get peppered with arrows.

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