Friday, August 11, 2017

Two tomahawk techniques and some further thoughts

My previous post about the tomahawk's use drew several responses, none of them showing any clear indication that the commenters had read the article. Apparently they were here to leave links to their own enterprises.

Undaunted, I here make note of something I've noticed since I posted about my tomahawk method. The moves would be useful if you were armed with a kukri or a hawkbill knife. They would, moreover, adapt quite naturally to some improvised and makeshift weapons including hammers, entrenching tools, kitchen cleavers and wooden clubs.

As I implied in the former post, it is all right if you add techniques to the method if you see that as an improvement. If you add things, though, I suggest you keep and rely on the two basic techniques I describe, using them as the core of your enlarged method. Downward tierce and inward carte are very sound and reliable techniques.

Both techniques, as I do them, begin and end in the saber 3rd guard (tierce) and, when used in continuous moulinets, pass repeatedly through that position. The moment at which the hand returns to guard 3 is when you can switch the railroad track, as it were, and transition from a tierce to a carte moulinet, or carte to tierce.

Logic suggests that you think, therefore, of 3rd as your ready or en garde position, as well as the position to which your hand returns at the conclusion of each technique and, simultaneously, as the beginning of the technique that follows.

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