todd

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Location:

Kailua, HI
Hometown: Kailua

Member since:

October 17, 2013

What kinds of sport/martial arts/combat experience do you have?

Mostly Tae Kwon Do (when I was younger and lighter on my feet). I have had lots of friends who have showed me some Judo, Aikido, Karate, Western Boxing/kick boxing, Hung Gar, Tai Chi etc... Currently I study Shorin Ryu Karate which incorperates the sai and bo (truncheon and quarterstaff).

What sparked your interest in the Schola Saint George Honolulu?

The sword holds a special place in many cultures from Japan to Turkey to Spain, it is almost universally revered, by societies with the technical ability to produce it. I know next to nothing about swordsmanship and would like to learn. The style practiced by Schola Saint George looks like a real martial art to me and not just fantasy. I want to really know and understand how to use the sword in actual combat not just in theatrical, cinematic or sport oriented context.

What nights are best for training for you? Where do you live?

In local parlance I am a Kailua haole. I'm free Mon, Wed, Fri and Sunday nights.

Introduction

Aloha, I've been studying far eastern martial arts for awhile now but I'm interested in learning a combat style more closely associated with my own ethinic heritage (see photo). I think it's more fun to exercise if you are learning something.

What todd is saying about this Meetup Group

It's fantastic. At it's core, it is a compact and lethal martial art. I also like that it is holistic enough to incorporate grappling, throwing, striking, joint locks, disarming techniques and using all of the sword as a potential weapon, which makes a more complete system. It is not simply a game of tag, what is represented is taking your opponent out as efficiently as possible using strikes that have real intention behind them. Brian R. Price has a wealth of information about this form of combat and he is both passionate and generous enough to share it, we are lucky to have him here in Hawaii.


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