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Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

Shi Zhan, Mandarin for test cutting

photo by Wendy James

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The practice of test cutting isn’t limited to the Japanese arts.

Shi zhan is the Mandarin word for “test cutting”, as mentioned by Scott Rodell [acp author=”Scott Rodell” title=”A Practical Guide to Test Cutting for Historical Swordsmanship” publisher=”Seven Stars Books”   id=”srodell-2007″  year=”2007″ /].  Sifu Rodell’s book has become a standard reference not only for practitioners of the Chinese martial arts who practice test cutting as part of their training, but also for the members of the Western Martial Arts, as mentioned in our article “Historical European Martial Arts and Test Cutting“.

In the following  video, Sifu Rodell, a expert in Yang Style taiji jian (tai chi longsword), demonstrates test cutting with this weapon.

Shi Zhan – test cutting from Graham Cave on Myspace.

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