German longsword, rapier, Jian, Dao, katana, military saber, sword (with buckler)
Ever since Cain and Able, people have been fighting. Human beings are principally tool-using animals and so we developed tools for the use of fighting as well. Of these martial tools, the sword is surely the most infamous, legendary, awe-inspiring, symbolic, nostalgic, and skill-associated. Although swords were usually never the primary weapon of warfare in any part of the world (this place was usually held by pole-arms or bows) it was almost universally acknowledged that swords required and demonstrated the zenith of warrior skill. Even today we refer to warfare and justice by sword metaphors. Swords were personal weapons, often very expensive and highly decorated.
Swords came in many shapes and sizes. They were made of stone, wood, bronze, iron, steel and tempered steel. They were used in one hand or two, wielded individually or with another weapon. Some were straight, others curved. Some had two edges, while others had one. They used on horseback, on foot, on a ship’s deck, on a fort’s precipice, or they could be concealed in clothing and pulled out indoors for a close-quarter confrontation. They were used in armored and unarmored scenarios. Swords had enough variety to meet the myriad of tasks that war and personal defense demanded.
In Japan, the sword had a powerful symbolic and cultural impact. Even to this day, Japanese swordsmen are highly revered, and many of them proudly retrace their lineage back to their Samurai ancestors. Japan had a number of different swords in their history – Ken, Tachi, Wakazashi, Nodachi, nagamaki, and most infamous of all – the katana.
Here at Asian Dragon Martial Arts we want to explore the subject of swordsmanship broadly, but we put 80 percent of our emphasis on learning the katana. This is done for several reasons. First of all, the enormous breadth of techniques and principles that are required to wield the katana with confidence are enough to occupy a student for a long time.
Secondly, sword principles tend to be quite universal. In other words, if a person acquires technical and sparring skill with the katana, he is able to transition to the other swords quickly. Thirdly, as this is primarily a Karate school, We prefer to keep the Japanese theme emphasized.
And fourthly, most young people who desire to learn the sword really want to imitate the ninja and samurai of old. But rest assured, this class will certainly wet your appetite and educate you in the ways of the longsword of the Knights of Europe, the Rapier of the Musketeers, the Saber/Cutlass of the Pirates, the Kung Fu swords of the Shaolin Temple Monks, as well as others!
Martial Art Bio for Micah Pilcher
- May 18, 2011 – Achieved 8thGup Yellow Belt
- July 27, 2011 – Achieved 7thGup Orange Belt
- September 28, 2011 – Achieved 6thGup Green Belt
- November 30, 2011 – Achieved 5thGup Light Belt
- September 13 2011—Began Training with the Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA)
- September 28, 2011 – Achieved Level One of Leadership Team
- February 1, 2012 – Achieved 4thGup Dark Blue Belt
- March 28, 2012 – Achieved 3rd Gup, Purple Belt
- June 13, 2012 – Achieved 2nd Gup, Brown Belt
- September 15, 2012 – Achieved 1st Gup, Red Belt
- December 15, 2012 – Achieved 0 Gup, Bo Dan Belt
- July 20, 2013– Received 1st Dan from Kukkiwon, WTF Headquarters
- August 12, 2013 – Left The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts.
- January 12, 2015 – Began volunteer teaching with Foskey’s Martial Arts
- April 2, 2015 Began assistant instructing at Pak’s Karate in Oceanway
- November 14, 2015 – Received 2ndDan from Kukkiwon, WTF Headquarters