On 27th December 2009,
Swordnet Republicand Realistic Sparring Weapons co-organized a
joint event "Realistic Sparring Weapons sparring
day". Over 35 participants were present in the
activityand many newcomers had the opportunity to
spar with the experienced players. Besides the usual Freestyle fencing, we had
held a small scale competition as well as a series of grand melee.
Lancelot's 3 sparring sessions during the event:
vs Asuna (21:0)
vs Yip (14:7)
vs Wraith (15:1)
Shown below were the other videos of the activities.
Jack and Jean-Luc's gathering
On 24th April 2009, our
RSW distributor Jack and
our French pilot friend Jean-Luc gathered here to
have a sparring session. Shown below were the video clips of the activity.
We wish them a happy experience here!
On 23rd November 2008, in order to continue the exchange
of techniques and to test run the rules of the sparring competition this
Republic and Realistic Sparring Weapons organized this free trial and
test run of the 3rd
Republic sparring competition event. Shown below were the photos of the
Republicand Realistic Sparring Weapons joint
function: Free trial and techniques sharing day
On 1st October 2008, Unicorn organized a Realistic
Sparring Weapons free trial and techniques sharing day on
Republic. There were around fifty participants. First, Kenny, the
Swordnet Republic and Lancelot, one of the founders of Realistic
Sparring Weapons, gave the opening speech respectively.
Then Unicorn and several other veterans led the participants to do
warm up together. Afterwards, they divided into four sectors, which three of
them were dedicated to a particular weapon. The host of the sector shared
the historical background, basic techniques and sparring skills
related to the subject. The newcomers tested their sparring skills in
the last group.
The event lasted for four hours and everybody enjoyed it. We would
like to express our gratitude to Unicorn and Kenny again!
The floor plan of the event.
The function consisted of four sectors.
Unicorn shared his knowledge with katana at sector A.
Unicorn was teaching sparring to the newcomers.
The newcomers sparred, cutting the inner thigh.
There were a couple girls in Unicorn's sector.
Unicorn taught the girl parrying skill.
"Old ghost" shared his research with Chinese two handed
"Old ghost's notes of Wu Bi Jian Fa.
Many were attracted by his sharing.
Mkai was teaching his friends the skill of Chinese Jian.
Jonny who practiced Iaido and Kendo, was sparring with
newcomers at sector D.
The girls sparring.
The boyfriend was teaching his girlfriend how to deal
with Zachary, a veteran.
There were romantic sights other than the sparring
Winnie had her abdominal cut in the sparring.
The lovers were sparring each other.
Other than swords sparring, they also did grappling.
Lancelot and Kenny Sugo were
watching the sparring.
Dagger sparring took place out of the sectors.
Chatting in the resting area.
Even a little kid wanted to spar.
Wraith brought the guest Lamlam.
The first aid kit.
Cooper Moo's visit
Cooper Moo from Seattle paid RSW
a visit on 18th July 2007. We entertained him in our fashion of friendly
sparring, discussion of German longsword techniques and test cutting. He is a friend of the
famous swords maker
Michael Tinker Pearce and the latter asked for videos to view. It was
the first time Lancelot met someone in person who
was also a friend of his favorite swords maker.
Cooper stated that sparring with
RSW was an experience vastly different from his 2 years of boffer
sparring. He said in the past, his group used to just hit each other without
paying attention to blade alignment. Only until recently when they were
invited by swords makers
Angus Trim and
Michael Tinker Pearce
to test cutting events did they realize how different it was to cut with a
real sword. The experience resulted in a significant change in their
sparring style, which he said was like a start over again. He said that
sparring here with RSW also provided more
insights into swordsmanship, for back then they did not count the hits and
just kept hitting each other. While being here, each valid hit count and the
awareness of not being hit was a lot higher as if he was facing sharp
weapons. The RSW, besides handling like the
Tinker swords he
had handled in person, also provided substantial bind and wind opportunity
that changed the dynamic of the sparring.
Sparring video part 1
Sparring video part 2
The test cutting video
The first Arms Culture
Association sparring competition
On 9th July 2006,
Association held the first sparring competition. There were more than
thirty competitors and they were arranged to fight three times in their
respective groups. The two fighters with the best result in the group would
be allowed to participate in further bouts to become the final winner. The
competition had its unique rules where the veterans would have less life
points and the rookies would have more. The highest life point count was 7
and the lowest was 1. Hitting any part of the upper body would deduct the
life point by 1. Hitting the lower limbs would turn the victim into a
stationary target. The competitor lost after his life points were expired.
During and after the competition, there were some demonstration fights. The
whole event lasted for 4 hours and the winner was master Kie Brooks from
Practical Tai Chi.
Sparring Weapons provided the sparring
equipment and video recording service to the competition. Since there were
too many fights, we only show the quarter finalists' videos here.
The video of the winner master Kie Brooks
(5 life points), which includes the fights, the
speech giving after winning the competition, receiving the prize, a steel
Arms Culture Association and the demonstration fight.
The video of Tom Biliter's fight in the competition and
the demonstration. He is a proficient swordsman from USA. While only having
1 life point himself and not allowed to proceed to the quarter finalists
fight, he still defeated most of his opponents regardless of their superior
life points count!
Tom has been working in China and spent his weekend in
Hong Kong. He took the time to spar with us on 23rd October 2005. He has
been practicing in SCA with sword and
shield, sword and
buckler and rapier. Since we did not have any
shields and bucklers
around by the time, he picked the rapier, which was probably the weapon he
spent most time with. The result was devastating. None of us survived his
accurate and skillful rapier work intact.
Rock and his Zulu War Spear
had been our secret weapon since his emergence. He was quite undefeatable
for most practitioners. However, facing the same kind of long,
thrusting-oriented weapon, he had his first taste of being turned into
bee-hive by Tom and his English rapier (pre-RSW,
Sunday Butchers version).
Tom and his English rapier vs Maurya and his two handed
Persian Shamshir. Maurya was not familiar with his new sword's additional
weight over his previous Indian Tulwar
and facing this tough opponent resulted in many defeats for Maurya.
We appreciate Tom's lesson on the prowess of the often
On 13th November 2005, it was the last day Tom sparred
with us for the year. This time he had a buckler
and that allowed him to be able to defend himself in close quarter combat,
making him a more dangerous opponent.
Yik and his custom Ninjato vs Tom and his rapier + buckler.
Leo is Arthur's younger brother and was one of the
practice partners Lancelot had sparred with at
Taiwan University during his trip. He came by this
time to pick up the products ordered by his brother. In order to make it for
the plane trip at the evening, Lancelot and Leo
sparred right after the lunch without enough warm up with the same European bastard sword. One side was
using Chinese two handed sword style while the other was using the European
style. After ten minutes of intensive sparring, both of them were exhausted.
Their thighs were so sore that they could barely
stand up. Click on the picture to download the video.
Arthur's visit from Taiwan
Arthur, a traditional Chinese martial artist from Taiwan,
paid us a visit during his trip through Hong Kong on 16th July 2005. His
choice of weapons were Chinese Jian
and Chinese Spear. We
headed to the hilltop for some sparring practice. Click on the pictures to
download the videos.
On 30th April 2005, ET of Shaolin Black Tiger style had
joined force with us to organize a weaponry sparring that was free for the
public. There were over 60 visitors and many of them got to handle European
bastard sword, Japanese katana,
Chinese Dao and Jian during the event. While some of the
participants did not want to have their sparring videos disclosed, there
were still plenty videos available to show. Every fight was around 2 to 3
minutes long and the file size was about 15mb. Click on the pictures below
to download the videos.
Simon vs Lancelot
Cobra vs Yin
Sauchan vs Sauchan
Shadow vs Gunbuster
Kalun vs Howard
Ah Wai vs Ho
Sauchan vs Ho
Maurya vs Sauchan
ET vs Lancelot
Kenny vs Drifter
Alfred vs Edward
Shadow vs Yin
Cobra vs Edward
Parke vs Sum
Simon vs Drifter
Nobody here vs Drifter
Jimmy vs Ah Jun
Cobra vs Nobody here
The visit of Jay
Noyes from Japan and Dominic from Australia
On 14th February 2005, Jay Noyes of
group in Japan and Dominic from Australia paid us a visit. From the time of
Sunday Butchers, Dominic had been here to practice with us more than once.
However, it was Jay's first time to be here and he brought along his wife
Mikiko. Jay had been anticipating for a visit to Hong Kong and it became a
reality after waiting for a year. Originally the weather was bad in the week
but it seemed we had luck on the day and it was a sunny day. We took a
breakfast/lunch together and gathered many water bottles for test cutting.
Since we wanted to emptied the bottles first, we proceed to sparring before
conducting the test cutting.
(The bunny in Lancelot's hands
was Mikiko's favorite here that she could not let go!)
The first fight was Jay vs
Jay practices Liechtenauer
style longsword and George Silver style single handed sword, which
were both different from Lancelot's bastard style.
It was also the first time Lancelotfought against an experienced German style swordsman
fighting with historical accurate European medieval swordsmanship. As a
result, Lancelot was
After all the sparring on the rooftop
was done, we proceeded to examine some real swords (including pudao and
antique swords). Since Jay did not have many chances to handle swords other
than Katana in Japan, this opportunity was especially attractive to him. We
arranged a test cutting session to fulfill his thirst.
Since we decided to learn from Jay, we
had a mini swordsmanship seminar hosted by the swordsman. Then we went to
the mall to have some food.
In the night, Jay, Mikiko and Dominic
paid Lancelot's apartment a visit to review the
videos on the day and conducted a secret test cutting (because it was in the
night and videos could not be taken, thus it was a secret!). We finished the
event after midnight. Here we would like to thank Jay who had to leave so
soon for enlightening us on the swordsmanship!
exhibition of Chinese made swords
In the afternoon of 13th March 2005,
we visited the sword exhibition held at Wan Chai Convention and Exhibition
Center. The sword booths were all set up by the workshops from mainland
China, including the famous Zhen Wu Zhou of Lung Chuan and Million swords
workshop. Besides, our friend Joe also brought along his over 400 years old
Japanese antique sword to let Mr. Zhou to have a look. Following is the
photo album of the event:
This is the venue.
The booths shown above were selling some lower quality
products, including some that did not really worth looking at, such as the
sword on the plaque was a decorating piece, while the huge Dao was too thin
on the tip portion that made it non-functional. It was very whippy.
The following photos were Million
Swords workshop. The quality was much higher than the above ones, so were
The tale-telling signs of the Chinese Jian made by
Million Swords workshop were: 1. the square grip; 2. the use of metal tunquo
3. the blades had strong profile tapering that made them looks more like
The grains on the pattern welded blade
were very obvious.
Then there was the booth of Zhen Wu
Zhou. The quality of the products is high, so were the prices.
Right: Mr. Zhen Wu Zhou
This is Parke.
Mr. Zhou's swords
featured tighter grains than the ones on Million Swords workshop's. The
fittings were also classic.
Then we all moved on to examine Joe's antique sword.
Since we went to the exhibition on its
last date, the booths were on big sales to get rid of the items they were
selling, so that they did not have to ship them back. We bought some steel
end, we took some group photos.
Return of John and Robyn
On 28th November 2004, our last visitors John and Robyn passed by Hong Kong
again and sparred with us once more. Some of the rare participants showed up
as well, such as Parke and Ben. The followings are the
video highlights of the day:
After hours of sparring, Alfred led both the visitors
to taste some local noodles.
A day with 4 visitors
September 04, we
had 4 visitors sparring with us. They
were Sharon from Taiwan, Parke, John and Robyn from USA. At first
Lancelot thought was Roman but Parke
assured him that it was Robyn. Sharon practices Chinese martial arts, while
Parke studied Iaido for 1 year. John and
Robyn self-taught themselves swordsmanship for over a decade. The period was 14 years of study and 6 years of
sparring. They preferred to wield European swords. It was the first time we
had so many visitors at once so the first bout of the day was conducted by
two visitors, John and Parke.
It was quite unexpected that John and Robyn were using
bastard swords almost exclusively with one
hand. Moreover, Robyn fought with moves that are very similar to, if not
exactly the same, to those in Chinese sword arts and did so with a lot of success, which in
itself is a rare feat. John moves involved a lot of circular twisting and
binding. Since neither of them had fought against spear before,
we gave them the opportunity. First, Robyn faced Gunbuster's spear.
Lancelot and Sharon had sparred many times in
Taiwan but none of them was recorded. This time it was. The
first five rounds were warm up and the next five rounds were for real. Sharon
gave a European bastard sword a try.
Parke wanted to fight against a Katana
user to see how well his Iaido techniques would work, so Shadow fought him.
Shadow hit him 5 times powerfully in the same place on the arm that led to a big area of
blue and purple bruise later on, which Parke's wife was not very happy
Finally, John and Robyn fought each other using our swords. They said that
Sparring Weapons are the best sparring
swords they have used so far. The video card filled up before they
Shown below are some other photos of the event, including a fight between
two insects! The wasp had caught the dragonfly in mid-air.
Jason Dudek's visit
On 18th August, the friend
Boyd introduced to me before, Jason Dudek, the Haidong Gumdo sparring
competition champion of Seoul with black belt 2nd degree arrived from
Korea. We arranged the meeting on 20th. Since it was a Friday morning,
many friends could not attend due to job. Fortunately, Jason had brought
along his friend Alexander Winfield so that we could have more people to
participate. Jason admired the realism, safety and durability of
Sparring Weapons, especially after
comparing them to the real swords later. To save space, only Jason's
sparring videos will be shown below.
cut arm (the 2 hits before were on the mask only and werenít deep enough
to reach the face).
cut elbow and slightly. Jason cut arm.
cut neck after a hanging parry on overhead cut.
23.Lancelot cut elbow.
24.Jason cut elbow, belly and head
25.Jason cut fingers.
26.Lancelot thrust wrist.
cut foot. (Jason parried but the tip did not have enough force to repel)
cut ribs. Jason cut face.
43.Lancelot cut knee.
44.Lancelot cut elbow.
47.Jason cut belly.
hit the ground with sword, weapon broken.
cut inner elbow.
was used to the Haidong Gumdo competition rules, thus not having the habit
of signaling the opponent actively after being hit. He also did not tend to
void the hits on fingers, elbows and other less obvious but effective
targets. These areas are hard for the judge to see during competition.
Moreover, he also find the 2 edges bastard swords
manage to perform some maneuvers he had rarely seen. However, he started to
adapt and with his keen timing and distance sense, he showed some impressive
attack later on.
16.Drifter cut foot through Jasonís
parry. Jason cut arms.
17.Jason cut head.
18.Jason cut head.
Jason mentioned that sparring with wooden swords had led to broken fingers
on Alex's hands and the handling characteristic could not simulate a real
sword as close as Realistic
It could not be used in full contact full body targeting
sparring without more protective gears than we had worn either.
Then we headed to have lunch together and went to
Lancelot's apartment to examine some real swords, watch sparring and
test cutting videos. Jonny arranged a tour for both of them in the afternoon
and a visit to swordsmen Kendo Club at the evening.
At the night
of 14th July, Lancelot received an email from
Boyd, a Haidong Gumdo practitioner in Korea for 7 years (currently an
instructor) that he was
going to visit Hong Kong on the next day and would like to join our sparring
before he left on 18th. It was an exciting news because Haidong Gumdo was
the battlefield swordsmanship of Korea. They practice full contact sparring
with shinai and padded armor, almost full body targeting and real sword test cutting. The
mentality and integration of techniques between test cutting and sparring
match us very closely. Since Lancelot had viewed
their videos 2 years ago, which showed the spinning cut, the kick and punch
thrown during combat, he had been looking forward to spar with the
practitioner of this style for long. Just that he did not expect the chance
to come by in such a sudden way.
session was arranged on 17-7-04, after the outdoor test cutting activity.
However, a typhoon arrived in the wrong time and the weather was very bad.
The rain was heavy and lightning storm appeared. So no test cutting because
we did not want to become lightning rods (or receiving the quakening in
Highlander's style). Still, we went to sparring.
up the Katana we lent to him,
found that the handling was very realistic because he was familiar with real
swords. It was a new experience to him to spar with something that handles
exactly like the sword he used in test cutting. Before the rain got any
heavier, Lancelot sparred with him with the
trusty bastard sword.
Anthony found out that his mind was always a bit ahead of his body in the
sparring. Besides, it was hard to get rid of the habit of "pulling the
shots" before contact, which was caused by the safety issue of shinai, and
strike as if he was doing test cutting, putting real sword's momentum into
sparring. So we motivated him to treat his upcoming opponents like a straw
mat target. *evil grin* Edward was the next one to spar with him.
The rain got so bad that we had to moved to another position. The final
Anthony sparred was Drifter.
Anthony even managed to executed his
killer move(1.04mb mpeg highlight) on him on
the last bout!
expressed after the event that it had been quite a while since he had
sparred so freely. With Realistic Sparring Weapons,
the opportunities that were shutting down in Korea progressively due to
safety issues were available to him once again. He could cut and thrust like
using real swords on various test cutting targets. He could kick and do
whatever he wanted with us. He would only hope that he could convince his
friends in Haidong Realistic Sparring Weapons
a try. It seemed that we had made his vacation worthy.
The interview will be aired at 7:00pm 11 June 2004 (Hong
Kong) on News Channel 1 of Cable TV.
a public holiday termed as Buddha's birthday in Hong Kong, the local
customers of Realistic Sparring Weapons
gathered up for a sparring event. 20 matches with different weapon
combinations were fought and here are the highlight of the actions.
And there are many more videos available for private
nice host 2
is a founder of Shanghai Kendo association, one of the two Kendo clubs in
Shanghai. He came to Hong Kong to join the Kendo examination and
competition. On 21st, after his examination,
Lancelot picked him up from Hong Kong Park and then headed back to our
home to pick up the gear. Without serving a lunch, we went directly to the
park to duke it out!
did not want to be the first to join the battle, so
Lancelot with his trusty bastard sword
and Nobody-here, wielding a customized Katana that was light, kinda
straight and without tsuba, fought the first 10 bouts.
Jonny5 the kendoka took up the courage and fought
Shadow the chanbara player eventually! Jonny5 found that the helmet of
kendo was too restrictive in the viewing area and he could see nothing but
the frontal attacks.
After the fights, we had a discussion about how the powering
method of kendo differs from real sword cutting and
Sparring Weapons Combat. In kendo,
when one strikes, he/she would use the body weight to tap the shinai on
the opponent and then direct all the forces forward by a push. On the
other hand, in real sword cutting and
Realistic Sparring Weapons
Combat, the destination of the force is not located at the point of
contact or behind the opponent, but somewhere on the pathway through the
Be the nice
is a rapier practitioner of SCA (the
world's biggest organization to reenact medieval activities). He has been
practicing sparring with steel blade for 2 years and he can wield a single
rapier and a rapier + dagger combination. Thus he can handle both the long
and close range. We could foresee a tough battle ahead.
We grouped up on 10:00am and then headed to Causeway
Bay MTR station to meet up with Noah. Then we returned to Yau Ma Tei to
have a simple lunch. Here's a photo we've taken.
After the lunch, we visited a nearby sword shop before
going to my home to pick up the gear. Then we went to the park to start
We did a series of warm up and the first pair to do battle was
European bastard sword and Noel with a 54 inches long Rapier
(something from the Sunday Butchers era) as well as a dagger. It was the first time Noah faced
the non-rapier weaponry.
After that, Lancelot with
the bastard sword fought Drifter with
Nunchaku and Bagua Jian. Drifter threw Nunchaku at
the opponent several times but could not hit hard with it enough to stop
the opponent's attacks.
Noah fought Shadow with
Katana. In this battle there were many thrusts to the throat
but resulted in no injury. This impressed Noah, who used to practice with
steel blunt, with the safety of Realistic Sparring Weapons.
Then Lancelot fought Howard
who wielded two weapons. Howard tried to bind
Lancelot's bastard sword
with the dagger and then attack
with his longsword but it didn't work very well. However, in one
particular round out of the ten, Howard delivered a perfect attack with
both weapon that he carried the opponent's sword away with the long sword
and stabbed hard at the opponent's chest with the dagger!
Noah braved the field again and faced Howard with 2
weapons. In this battle, besides the usual face and throat thrusts, there
was a groin thrust as well. Howard, who was hit, was not injured at all.
It showed the high safety of Realistic Sparring Weapons.
Noah fought Renoir who practices Choi Li Fat and Bagua,
showing a fight with Rapier vs Bagua Jian.
Renoir used to practice sword-binding and it was his first time to fight
in all-open battle. How would he perform?