I wanted to show my student some straight sword applications and partner practice after breakfast yesterday.
Since we didn’t have any practice swords we used the next best thing – rolled up Classified Section from The Straits Times as the Saturday edition had quite a lot of advertisements.
Rolled the classified section up. A bit short. Not a problem. It can still be used for hitting and stabbing.
A paper sword doesn’t sound so intimidating. He, he……..
One topic – how to generate and focus power using 5-Count. Tapped by a rolled up newspaper. How painful can that be?
Wished I had taken photos of my student’s arm after I demonstrated on it. Nice dark patch. Fluke? Another tap on another part of the arm. No, not a fluke. A paper sword can hurt.
How about using it to stab? Yup, it can hurt too.
But how to duplicate the feeling of a cut since my explanations of cutting didn’t seem to register any impact?
A light bulb went off…………
Pressed one side of the rolled newspaper down to form a blunt edge. A quick slashing movement to the neck. OK, now he can feel it.
So a paper sword can be a useful teaching tool. Next time I should try it with a rolled up magazine. That should be even better.