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Re: [SCA-JML] Re: Looking for Naginata construction info

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  • michael A
    the curve is very important. for a number of subtlties in shots. two quick examples. a torso thrust will stick and not slide of by angling the point inward
    Message 1 of 9 , Apr 6, 2002
      the curve is very important. for a number of subtlties
      in shots. two quick examples.

      a torso thrust will stick and not slide of by angling
      the point inward aagainst adeflecting surface. this i
      true of any thrust butthe curve does that naturally in
      one direction. this means that shots people think they
      have slipped wont slip. important when fighting a
      spearman that knows how to dodge a slip blows.

      second example a legged sword and boarder can be faked
      high with acut to raise the shield pull the blade back
      then thrust into the belly. again can be done with a
      straight weapon but the curve makes it easier. note
      please dont cup your friends while doing this.
      there are many more examples, its just a matter of
      using your weapons full potential.
      --- "Tatsushu ." <Tatsushu@...> wrote:
      > Okay, following are my own suggestions. I have made
      > halberds and played
      > with other people's naginata. Most of my naginata
      > work, however, is
      > Atarashii Naginata or Tendo-ryu
      > (http://www.naginata.org/usnf/usnf.html), so
      > check with your local regulations on polearms first,
      > and make sure it
      > coincides with that.
      > I would recommend about 7' or as long as you can
      > comfortably wield--length
      > gives you reach but I find that it is both heavier
      > and a bit slower.
      > As far as the blade goes, that depends on your
      > preference. You should be
      > hitting with the mono-uchi* anyway, so it needn't be
      > that long. Some
      > kingdoms, IIRC, limit the size of the head.
      > However, from what I've seen of
      > Japanese weapons, from the nodachi to the nagamaki
      > to the naginata the main
      > difference appears to be blade length, as far as SCA
      > fighting is concerned.
      > I would recommend anywhere from 1'~2' -- more if you
      > don't feel comfortable
      > hitting with it (if you think your strikes might
      > 'slide' up and down the
      > weapon). A larger head gives more range in
      > striking, but it also means more
      > weight. Curving the blade looks good, but I don't
      > know that it adds
      > anything to SCA fighting--I'd be interested to hear
      > what others think. It
      > could allow you to harai+, but I'm not sure how
      > useful that is in SCA
      > combat. The tsuba should be just below the blade,
      > and it is useful in the
      > SCA if it is wide and sturdy enough to give a tug at
      > your opponents
      > weapon(s) or shield. I would also recommend that
      > one pad the ishi-zuki**,
      > as it is commonly used in striking, although it
      > wasn't a 'butt spike' as
      > many people have on their halberds. I also think
      > people should be allowed
      > to pad and strike with the bottom of the naginata,
      > but that gets into a
      > whole other discussion about SCA fighting rules.
      > Those are the immediate thoughts that come to mind.
      > I hope to make one for
      > myself once I can get some rattan long enough.
      > Until then, I have to borrow
      > others'.
      > -Ii
      > >
      > >Thank you Koredono,
      > >How long is the blade area and where do you place
      > the tasuba (?)
      > >Genkuro
      > >
      > >--- In sca-jml@y..., Don Luby <djl@t...> wrote:
      > > >
      > > >
      > > > On Sun, 7 Apr 2002, shadow4549 wrote:
      > > >
      > > > > Konnici-wa
      > > > > I am looking for information on the
      > construction of a SCA legal
      > > > > Naginata. Can anyone help?
      > > >
      > > > Umm, I just use an unpadded polearm, with a
      > slight curve in the
      > > > blade (which, and straight blade will acquire
      > over time :).
      > > > Oh, and single-edged, and a thrusting tip, of
      > course.
      > > >
      > > > > Minamoto Genkuro Tanekage
      > > > > Yama Suishoo Genji
      > > >
      > *The 'sweet spot' on a sword or naginata--around the
      > curve at the tip of the
      > naginata, and about the first third of the way down
      > the blade on a sword--it
      > seems the same in SCA fighting, from what I've done.
      > **The butt of the naginata
      > +essentially shove the opponent's weapon aside to
      > provide an opening.
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