Originally Posted by Doughbelly
I'm not deaf. I heard his credentials the first time, before I made my post. I just don't think they mean much.
I like what those ARMA guys do. I think if you give those guys real swords versus any modern Japanese weapons art practitioner, the ARMA guy wins. That entire Western martial arts reconstruction community is very impressive.
That said, this "experience" doesn't mean much to me when the talk turns to using bladed weapons outside of the historical context. None of these guys have ever cut or stabbed someone in anger and have probably never been there first hand to see the incident or deal with the aftermath of the wounds.
I think these guys might have better ideas about how it would work in a real life situation than the average Joe, but I don't think they actually have much first hand knowledge about killing and nor much knowledge of what it actually takes to kill a person with an edged weapon. If these guys had any idea of what it takes to chop through a man's natural defensive posture when he's being hacked on by a sharp machete, they'd know exactly how absurd this "weapon" is for some of their potential purposes they themselves bring up in the video.
And no, taking some stabs and hacking at sides of hanging sides of beef doesn't count. If that's as close as they've gotten and are extrapolating from that, as I've seen many of these knife/bladed weapons "experts" do, then they really have no clue.
Seriously, SWAT? Is that a joke?
While what you said is true to a point there are actual kenjutsu students and schools who produce actual skilled swordsmen that have much higher skills than that guy ever could possess.
Isao Machii and his Water Gull School produce legit swordfighters that train and spar with live swords.
The Maeda family in Japan still trains in there traditional style in the traditional ways. I would know that is where I learned.
I have studied under them for 20 years learning kenjutsu and jujutsu. I have sparred Olympic medalists in fencing, Kendo champions, and any fanboi with a love for western rapiers and handily won every time. And the two people who trained me are much better than I am.
So I agree in principle that the ARMA guy would fare very well against a kendo or iaido student and even against a lot of modern kenjutsu students but there are real legit japanese swordfighters out there. Very rare, but still there.
Also if you go to the 'Official show your shit' thread on the last page you can see some of my antique swords I own.