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« on: February 27, 2010, 06:04:17 pm »

It's very interesting to me how many martial artists we have on the forums. This is a small group of people so far, and we have, what, 3 martial artists amongst us?

Back when I first read Warchild, I was a co-owner of a martial arts studio, teaching Tae Kwon Do and Kenpo. When I finished the book, I immediately re-read it, then gave it to my partner in the studio to read. Afterwards, he and I discussed the book in detail. We both agreed that, without a doubt, the author was a martial artist herself. We were absolutely convinced of that. **chuckles** Which tells you what a good job Bae did.

I'm wondering how many people were drawn to the striviirc'na martial arts? I certainly was. I've always been fascinated with Japanese sword arts.
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« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2010, 09:21:46 pm »

I was going to make a thread like this but you beat me to it!

I am absolutely fascinated with striviirc'na culture in general, but I was epecially intrigued by the martial arts. In fact, I would often think about Jos and his training during Jujitsu class. There was this one particular time when I was attending a lock-in at my dojo and learned the basics of kendo. We had been practicing our form with wooden swords for what seemed like forever and my arms were getting very tired. I suddenly thought of Jos practicing martial arts, and as pathetic as it sounds, I felt a surge of determination to keep going. I love envisioning what his training must have been like because he was trained as an assassin-priest; he is very effective in combat.
I would say more, including stuff about the shadow gardens (which I absolutely loved!)  but I just realized that I don't remember as much as thought I did. *Goes off to read Warchild*
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2010, 11:30:57 pm »

I totally did things like that when I was taking sword classes! After we cleaned our swords, we oiled them with this special oil that smells divine. It always makes me think of how Jos describes Niko as smelling of spice.
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« Reply #3 on: March 02, 2010, 11:40:42 am »

Amazing! I only did two years of ninjutsu, but it reminds me so much more of the Mac training. While the class was treated with all the due respect and seriousness, outside the dojo there was this friendly animosity that just boasted energy and closeness between everyone. I also had the same feeling during shooting practice, but then, that one was fully Mac!
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« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2010, 01:18:44 am »

This is really awesome to read. As a writer you only hope you get the research right. I'd done jujitsu when I was a kid but my interest in martial arts as an adult wasn't through experience. I just have a great friend that helped me vet that and the military stuff. It's the best compliment to hear you've 'fooled' people who do it for a living and/or in depth!
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« Reply #5 on: April 05, 2010, 08:46:10 pm »

It was actually through Jos' training with Niko that sparked my fiery interest in the martial arts.  On the old forums a few years ago, I had asked about the different types, and one of you (Ritla perhaps) was nice enough to explain all the major ones.  Since then, I've always been fascinated, and ALWAYS wanted to take one up long-term.  I am actually in a karate class (counts as a PE credit for courses) in college which is made so much fun due to the interest created from Warchild.  While the karate class is aggressive and much less elegant than striviirc-na combat, like you Odyssey, there's a certain determination that makes me smile as I do it Smiley

As for striviirc-na combat..I've actually spent a lot of time thinking about what it compares to.  I'm no expert on the weapon arts, but for all the hand-to-hand Jos learns, as well as the descriptions of striv's frightening agility and dexterity, I always imagine a striv doing Jeet Kune Do.  Videos of Bruce Lee and a current sifu, Tommy Carruthers, inspired my thoughts on this.
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2010, 05:24:42 pm »

I know what you mean!  Warchild completely inspired the 2 years I spent taking lessons in Japanese swordsmanship. I'd still be taking it if I hadn't moved away.
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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2010, 07:00:30 pm »

That's pretty cool, Otter! I love martial arts, and I love all that they can teach you about yourself and your life. When I first became interested in them, I immediately thought of karate, but a friend of mine talked me into trying jujitsu. I'm very glad that she did!

My knowledge of other martial arts is rather limited, but I always envisioned striviirc-na combat as a mix between krav maga, aikido, jujitsu, and certain styles of kung fu.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2010, 08:16:46 pm »

Shaz, that's awesome!  I've always wanted to learn some swordplay, and not just with a long sword, but all combinations of hand weapons (nunchucks might be fun).  But to have the know how of sword use is so fascinating in a world that doesn't see much of it anymore.  I'm sure moving away really stunk Tongue  I really hope you find a way to pick it back up though

Odyssey, I remember you were taking Ju-jitsu!  Since Warchild, I've watched countless videos of jujitsu, aikido, jeet kune do, wing chun, kung fu *breath!* and the list goes on.  jujitsu is quite amazing, but not as amazing as Krav Maga!  I think I drooled on the keyboard watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xnZ0sfOiuIM .  I honestly have never heard of krav maga before, and I can easily see, without a doubt, a striv or symp using those type of moves on an opponent.  One, because it's bad ass, but two because it was defense against real-world attacks with swords, daggers, and guns (definitely important to a striv!).  Thanks so much for mentioning that!
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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2010, 10:21:31 pm »

Dude, Krav Maga. i've been watching videos of that (see icon = John Mayer, who studies krav maga) and that is some BADASS SHIT. it's very very cool. when I saw that I went THAT is striviirc-na fighting. dirty killing art. at least one aspect of it.

to hear that your book inspired people to do things with martial arts is SO VERY COOL. <3
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« Reply #10 on: April 07, 2010, 06:49:22 am »

I used to watch Human Weapon on... I think it was the History Channel... but they showed a lot of rather awesome martial arts stuff. Krav maga is really cool. Visually speaking, though, I've probably been most impressed with videos that I've seen of Shoalin Quan on youtube.
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« Reply #11 on: April 07, 2010, 11:11:13 am »

Wow, now I'm getting very nostalgic for my sword class. Starting looking things up on the web and found
 my sensei http://internationalswordsmanshipconference.blogspot.com/2006/10/celebrity-profile-kyoshi-bob-elder.html

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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2010, 02:55:59 pm »

Yay! I got it right in my head after all. xD

Otter - Dude, that guy is awesome. And I feel pretty BA that I've seen or done most of the moves in the vid. I kept saying to myself: "Hey! That's familiar!" or "Wait a minute, that's Daki Kubi!" Cheesy Man, now I really want to go back to the dojo...and find a place to learn Krav Maga. This will sound rather funny, but I want to go to University of Chicago partly because there is a Krav Maga club there. To me, that is a major selling point for colleges.

Shaz - Wow, you were lucky to have such a skilled teacher. Seems like it would have been a fun class.

Ritla - Haha, same here! In fact, I first learned about Krav Maga from that show.
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