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Does blade flex have any function beyond durability?

It's well understood that you need some carbon to get well tempered steel, and put flex into the blade for durability. (Brittle swords break easily.) But is there any use of the flexibility inherent ...
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Function of tassel in Chinese straight sword?

Back when I started learning Chinese straight sword, tassels were almost universally utilized, but my sense is that in recent years, there has been movement away from using it, partly in service of ...
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Unarmed defender disarming an opponent with a straight sword?

Akido has a well known technique of "sword-taking" (太刀取り, tachitori), where an unarmed defender disarms an attacker with a katana. This technique surely has utility against an incompetent ...
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Proper grip for Chinese straight sword (Jian 剑)

This is a basic, but critical question. I've noticed some variation among practitioners. What is the proper grip for Chinese straight sword?
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What is the primary technique of Wudang sword?

Wudang sword is famed in China and has been preserved as an extant practice since swordfighting days. But when I watch web videos on the art, I sometimes get unreliable information about what it ...