Call for martial arts beta!

  • Posted on: 8 February 2009
  • By: MeiLin

Halp! Quick! I need a martial arts person to look over a sequence to make sure it's believable/probable/anatomically possible! In return, you get an early look at chapter 11, which is rather like sausages being made, but this entire website is sausages being made, so, hey. You guys must like watching sausages being made. Or something. Anyway, halp!

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greenpokefiend's picture

It's been a while since I did martial arts seriously, and I'm only just now starting to get back into it. But if you can't find someone more experienced to look at it, I can probably help a bit.

seia's picture

Devotee

Is it weapon stuff or unarmed? I could hel if it involves weapons but my advice would be useless if it doesn't.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

staff and spear. Email me: meilin at this domain.

seia's picture

Devotee

Sorry, I should've been a little preciser there. What I know mostly concerns shorter, one handed weapons.

Slagar's picture

Devotee

What kind are you familiar with? I had to look far and wide for people who'd teach me anything but polearm/staff and escrima (which I promptly did not learn, not centered around my strengths). What have you worked with, and where at? Just out of curiousity.

Lemur's picture

This may seem an odd question, but I was rambling through the forum and this caught my eye.

Can I ask what about escrima worked against (or not with) your strengths? I practice some arnis myself, and am always interested in others' opinions of the filipino arts.

Slagar's picture

Devotee

arepp2@uiuc.edu

I've done staff and halberd/glaive. The real kind, not the padded ones Wink

I'm not in a position to teach anyone else, but I can look over a description of a fight or training sequnce pretty confidently. I stll have dreams about the staff forms I had to learn. *shudder*

gnorm's picture

I teach Shaolin Kempo for a living and have a decent weapons background, if you send the chapter to my email I'll take a look at it.

Gnorm

Epikouros's picture

By the way, if you're in Portland, Oregon, a guy named Sean Hayes teaches medieval martial arts and classical fencing (foil/epee/saber) in the Italian tradition. He's a good teacher and knows his stuff, so he might be worth checking out if you want to research for fight scenes.

http://www.northwestacademyofarms.com/

MeiLin's picture

Most High

I'm also connected somewhat to the Ecole de Budo here in PDX, but medieval stuff is what I'm working with here, so this would be nice if I could somehow pick the gentleman's brain. Ah, the school itself is two hours away in Eugene...

Elle's picture

Petitioner

Sean Hayes is amazing and knows his stuff. If you can get in touch with him, go for it. He's very highly regarded in the Historical and Classical communities.

Epikouros's picture

Drat. I thought he was in Portland.

attercob's picture

Petitioner

Hi, I don't really know martial arts of any sort... but on the internet I like to tell people I do. Is that good enough for me to be a beta reader? Some of my past experience includes:

- When losing an interwebs argument I often tell people they are lucky I don't know where they live because I "have two black belts in karate".

- To impress women (actually other men pretending to be women in the net), I explain how I learned secret martial arts from Bruce Lee's secret apprentice. When pressed for more details I point out that I'd be hunted down by assassins if people learned about this.

- I often talk about how I can kill someone with a single blow using my bare hands. I have not actually killed anyone, but I could if I wanted to.

- I have many great stories about how I've been in bar fights and saved helpless women. Often I'm out numbered by several men who are all armed with crowbars and poolcues.

- I have several pictures of myself posing with swords and other weapons. These were all authentic deadly weapons, with which I am well skilled. People pointing out that they look unsharpened and have a strong resemblance to halloween toys sold at kmart are just being haters.

Anyhow, please let me know if I can help with the beta reading. My leet martial skillz are at your disposal.

Davik's picture

Embodiment

Well, fraid I can't do anything for you on any of the larger weapons (staff, pole arm, swords...), but if you ever need someone to check for hand to hand, wrestling/grappling, or knives I'm moderately proficient. I'm also a proficient archer if you ever run in to that.

Pedes's picture

Postulant

If weapons then I am not the right man for the job, but for a bare-hand (and feet) combat I can always help Smile

RoseAngel's picture

I've been doing karate for a while and judo before that, so this caught my eye, seeing what you need, maybe i could help out? I was the "weapons expert" for a forum a few years back and i was expected to do lots of research for people's charicter creation and such like, so i know a bit. After that I started writing for myself, and editing for others.

I especialy like writing about twin sword styles, personaly, but i've done a bit of basic in staff work so i use that in my writing too. I'd really like to help, since your writing is so enthraling.

I would love to be your beta-slave. *hides and blushes.* thanksnowbye!

Davik's picture

Embodiment

I know this is a long shot, but does anyone here happen to know of a decent Silat school in the Lansing area of Michigan? I've been wanting to learn more about knife skills, but few martial arts focus on it (though if anyone happens to know another martial art that focuses on it, I'd love to know about it). So far all of my formal martial arts training has been a combination of tae kwon do and kickboxing, with a few years of wrestling in highschool, though I had a roommate who had gone to international competitions spend a summer giving me some training on knife forms among other things.

Aelfgar's picture

If you haven't already filled your quota, I qualify!

I teach both Eastern (read "Oriental") and Western (read "European") styles for live combat as well as stage combat. I do choreography for stage (Renaissance Faires) as well as teach for demonstrations.

The troupe I work with for the local fair (25 years and still running strong) usually has me teach the "exotic" weapons. While they use a modified SAFD (Society of American Fight Directors) method, they understand that SAFD focuses on fighter safety and therefore does not offer a realistic style for most weapons (though they do strive to offer techniques for a wide range of weapons). So, after the troupe has written a fight and made it safe, I get to tweak the choreography to make it realistic for the weapons being used.

What that means is that while Spear and Staff may look similar to an extent, they are USED differently! Attacks and defenses for each weapon play upon the strengths of the given weapon... and the outcome of a fight is determined more on the ability of the fighter than on the superiority of a given weapon. And this doesn't even address the "fighting style" of the fighter! In single combat, two matched fighters using the same weapon, but from different parts of the world will wield said weapon with equal efficiency, but with far different method.

MeiLin's picture

Most High

This call went out over a year ago, but I'll keep you on file. I always need experts. Smile

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