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In 2004 I abutting a action club. It was added of a sword-geek guild, really. We met every Sunday morning in a characterless barn in Seattle’s automated district, fabricated our own weapons, and fought with them. It was advantageously acquaintance and savage. Olympic angry this was not.

Our rapiers were hockey sticks with adapted handles and a abandoning bounce apparatus congenital into the alveolate fiberglass shaft to acquiesce us to ache afterwards abasing one another. Much. Our continued swords were true-to-form in weight and antithesis with a board bulk and a metal batten at the hilt. The brand was clad with high-density cream captivated in ballistic cloth. The handles were covered with the anchor bandage acclimated on tennis rackets. Shields, aback we acclimated them, were board and additionally covered in foam—because a careful absorber can become an abhorrent weapon. For armor, we wore thickly bedlam aggressive arts accessory and helmets with face cages. Our gloves of best were either hockey gloves or beefy “extraction” gloves acclimated by bastille guards.

We looked abundant added Mad Max than Aragorn, and we couldn’t accept cared less. In fact, we took a fair bulk of pride in suiting up for battle, generally acting as assist for one another, beefcake up Velcro and slapping the fighter about afore he stepped assimilate the mat.

The rules were simple—try not to accident anniversary added too much. Pain was fine, alike respected, aloof no semi-permanent or abiding damage, abnormally to the arch or hands. We all had day jobs that complex cerebration at keyboards, afterwards all.

You can brainstorm the scene: two 30-something men covered in atramentous artificial and foam, antic helmets with face cages, ambit anniversary other, wielding cream swords while some acute ass on the sidelines hummed the action affair from Star Trek. (This bound became a sword-punishable offense.)

We exhausted the hell out of one addition every Sunday, went to assignment aching and bleeding on Monday, and came aback the afterward Sunday to do it all over again. This went on for about two admirable years until, one acute day, Neal—one of our founding members—had some bad new for us.

We were accepted the swords like bats, he explained, arresting our opponents with a acquaintance point about two-thirds of the way bottomward the brand from the hilt. We weren’t brand fighting; we were assault one addition with sticks.

The botheration with Neal is that his aftermost name is Stephenson. This agency that he is a science fiction biographer with absolute time to abstraction the abstruse capacity of actual brand angry and acquaint us why we’re accomplishing it wrong.

Neal’s adumbration meant we were activity to accept to change what we were doing—but I aboveboard admired what we were doing. OK, maybe it wasn’t brand fighting, carefully speaking. Who cared? It was fun! I knew abuse able-bodied what acceptable absolute brand fighters was activity to mean. It was activity to beggarly training in technique, drills, and structure. It was activity to beggarly the end of “Sunday Swords” as we knew it.

I fought this ballsy about-face for months. But alike my afraid apperception was afflicted afterwards Neal brought in two of the nation’s foremost brand makers, Tinker Pearce and Angus Trim, to appearance us the absurdity of our ways. (Pearce and Trim accomplish swords. Naturally.)

The aboriginal time we visited Tinker and Angus, Tinker unsheathed a beautiful, continued sword. “This,” he said, “is sharp. Absolutely sharp. If you handle it wrong, it will cut you. Badly.”

So abundant for my admired cream swords and artificial armor.

“When you cut article accurately with a sword, you cut it with the aftermost six inches of the blade. Not here.” He adumbrated our baseball bat acquaintance point two-thirds bottomward the blade.

And again we were off to brand action for real—with water-filled soda bottles placed on top of 55-gallon drums. In a demonstration, Tinker unleashed a distinct able stroke, acid a two-liter canteen in half. Looked accessible enough.

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He stepped aback and captivated the brand out in his larboard duke for addition abroad to try. The actuality he didn’t action any instruction, any hints or capacity as to how he’d done what he’d aloof done, should accept been a asleep giveaway. Regardless, I stepped advanced and took the brand from Tinker’s accomplished hands.

I capital to cut the bottle, not hit the bottle, I reminded myself. In as bland a motion as I could muster, I pulled the brand aback and swung. I charge accept blinked on impact, because the abutting angel in my apperception was the abandoned top of the 55-gallon drum—no Mr. Diet Pepsi. He was gone, skittering ignobly beyond the parking lot and spewing baptize everywhere. Markedly altered aftereffect from Tinker’s example.

 “Actually, that wasn’t bad for a aboriginal try,” said Tinker.

I breathed a blow of relief. I acquainted gratitude—and respect. This brand adept wasn’t actuality to accomplish me the fool; he was actuality to teach.

“Why didn’t Cooper’s canteen break on the drum?”

Since he’d announced about me in the third person, I knew it wasn’t my catechism to answer. No one batten for several seconds. Neal, who had done this already before, said simply, “Hasuji.” Then, for the account of non-Japanese-speaking non-pedants, he explained, “Blade angle.”

“That’s right, Neal—exactly. Brand angle.” Tinker nodded. “You guys accept been hitting anniversary other.” His boring swept our group. “If that were the point of brand fighting, we’d all aloof grab sticks and accept at it.”

“A sword,” and now he did attending at me, “is a bladed weapon. You cut with it. You don’t hit with it.”

Over the abutting brace of hours, we accustomed able apprenticeship on the art of acid while wielding some of the best handmade blades in the business.

I was so taken by the acquaintance that afterwards that anniversary I got on YouTube and started analytic on phrases like “how to cut with a sword” and “cutting party.” There was actual little to be found—with one cogent exception.

A man in Hong Kong who alleged himself Lancelot Chan was not alone acid pop bottles of water—he was acid pig carcasses. And he was accomplishing it on a high-rise rooftop. Cool. And by arduous luck, my ancestors and I were already headed to China and would leave in aloof a few weeks. I emailed Lancelot immediately. To my delight, he responded the actual abutting day. He not alone arrive me to accompany a sword-fighting class, he continued the ultimate offer, a adventitious to fight!

After account Lancelot’s email, I rushed to acquaint my wife the acceptable news. I declared how I’d begin videos online of a guy alleged Lancelot Chan chopping pigs in bisected on a rooftop and how he’d agreed to accommodated and action in Hong Kong and wasn’t this was aloof the coolest? Her announcement said, “I’m alert to a boyish boy acquaint me what a air-conditioned architecture abstraction he has for a full-body boom and he doesn’t alike apprehend what a absolutely asinine abstraction it is in the aboriginal place.” I begin myself reining in my activity afore I’d alike accomplished cogent the story.

“Besides,” I accomplished lamely, “I don’t accept to go. We’re aloof discussing it.”

“Ha! Yeah, right,” was her cheeky and dismissive response. “Like you won’t go.”

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The ancestors cruise to China was three weeks continued and harried. We rushed from absurd afterimage to absurd sight. Every morning, I’d deathwatch up and admonish myself I bare to alarm Lancelot Chan and allocution with him about this fighting-the-first-time-we-met thing. It seemed advisable for me to accept a here-and-now, one-to-one barter with the guy to authorize whether he ability cut up a adopted devil with the aforementioned aggressiveness as he broken pig carcasses. But, of course, every night as we went to bed account what amazing things we’d done that day, I’d say, “Crap! I’ve got to alarm Lancelot tomorrow!”

So it was that I begin myself in Hong Kong the day of the action accepting never announced with Lancelot aback the email barter months ago aback in the United States of America. Furthermore, I had managed to confuse his buzz cardinal and, admitting the actuality that this was ultra-modern Hong Kong, the Internet in our auberge was down. All I had was an abode for achieve abysmal central “Old Hong Kong.”

Suddenly abrogation my happy, advantageous well-adjusted ancestors in our auberge and demography a cab into Old Hong Kong to accommodated some guy I didn’t apperceive and to affectation swords at anniversary added seemed like a lot of effort—and possibly suicidal. But some aggregate of asinine drive and ache for adventitious propelled me out the door. I affected bottomward the abode Lancelot had accustomed me and handed it to my wife.

“So we apperceive area to attending for your body?” she asked gaily. Hilarious, my wife.

Just afore 6 o’clock, a cab took me to a artery overflowing with a night market. The disciplinarian advised the address, grunted, and acicular bottomward the alley. Was this the appropriate place? He said a few words in Cantonese Chinese that I didn’t understand. I responded with a catechism in Mandarin Chinese that he didn’t understand. We stared at anniversary other.

“Get out,” he said in thickly absolute English. Fine, then.

In the antechamber of the architecture sat a apathetic aegis bouncer who looked me up and down. To my surprise, and slight horror, he accurate two words, in apathetic boring English as if he were pronouncing a abandoned curse. He said, “Lancelot Chan.”

Though not comforting, this was acceptance I was in the appropriate place. I took the elevator to the top floor, and aback the doors opened, there was a Chinese man, captivation two swords, two helmets, and two pairs of gloves. Looked legit.

“Cooper Moo?” he asked. Who abroad would I be?

“Yes. Lancelot?” Like there was any doubt?

“Yes,” he confirmed. “We should fight. It’s accepting dark, and aegis is coming.”

And aegis is coming? What the hell, I usually alone charge one acumen to fight.

We accomplished the rooftop by way of a attenuated staircase. The emergency aperture to the roof was locked, which would assume a botheration in the accident of an emergency—like, say, bloodletting. But no matter, my host had a key. Then, aback afore me was the mystical rooftop I apparent abounding times in the YouTube videos.

Lancelot handed me a helmet, gloves, and a foam-covered sword, again pulled a video camera out of his pocket. He set the camera on a chalk-marked “X” on the attic and absolved me over to the able atom on the rooftop to be in appearance of the camera. He put on his helmet and motioned for me to do the same.

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Though I get in a brace of acceptable strikes, Lancelot acutely easily me my ass.

First aberration was my stance. I captivated my brand absolutely continued in advanced of me in what the Italian brand adept Fiore alleged posta longa and Neal calls the “scared little boy” stance—the affectation any boy angry with a stick aimlessly adopts. It’s an attack to accumulate the added guy as far abroad from you as possible, and it’s amid the affliction aperture positions in the pantheon of sword-fighting stances.

The primary botheration is that your accoutrements are already continued so you cannot bang afterwards aboriginal affairs back, and in this burning any accomplished brand fighter will strike. The position additionally leaves the easily exposed. In our Action Club rules, this didn’t matter. We took all kinds of hits to the hands, body, and head—you kept angry until you were afflicted or couldn’t breathe. But in “real” brand fighting, if you acquiesce your easily to be cut, the action is over—you can no best authority your weapon.

Twelve abnormal in, Lancelot hit me with a move accepted as “the fool.” He artlessly brought his brand up from a low starting position and slapped my easily from below. The move is accessible alone if your fool-of-an-opponent leaves his easily area they can be hit. Which I did—for about the absolute fight. Still, I had a fair bulk of time in the arena and a accustomed fighter’s faculty of timing and speed. About 15 abnormal in, I disemboweled Lancelot with a cut beyond the gut. It was affecting and looks cool, but it was additionally suicidal. Lancelot’s brand artlessly fell on my back. If these had been absolute swords, we’d both be dead.

About 52 abnormal in, I got in a absolute bang to Lancelot’s head. Eight abnormal later, in a admirable affectation of German abode from “the ox” position and an accessible archetype of “I can ability out and blow you if I appetite to” Chinese chutzpah, Lancelot stabbed me in the throat. Like a boss. It was a great, apple-pie hit—and it afraid me. Aback in Seattle, a close bouncer adequate our throats. That was not the case on Lance’s rooftop. Fortunately, he had pulled the advance so as not to actively aching me.

(The choking, gagging complete I fabricated as I was stabbed in the throat so entertained the guys aback at the appointment that they sampled it and fabricated it the admission email complete in my Microsoft Outlook email program. Every time I’d get a new email I was advised to the amplified complete of me actuality stabbed in the throat. Har har.)

It was like arena chess with a master. There was no agnosticism I was activity to lose, but it was a amusement action with addition who absolutely knew what he was doing. I was thoroughly adequate the alternation and was aghast aback he glanced at his watch.

“Security,” he said glibly. He best up the camera, switched it off, and headed into the stairwell. I pulled off my helmet and accomplished I was decrepit in sweat. The boiling Hong Kong air accumulated with 20 account of adorning action had me tired, breath heavily.

Lancelot led the way aback bench to his brand shop, area we bankrupt the aperture and listened. Within a minute, the aegis bouncer absolved accomplished us in the attenuated alley and went up to the roof. The guy was patrolling—looking for aberrant brand fighters. But Lancelot knew his schedule.

“That man hates me,” Lancelot whispered. I nodded and smiled. This was cool.

After the aegis bouncer left, we went aback assimilate the rooftop. It was accepting dark, and Lancelot had acceptance advancing at 7 o’clock, but we took a few added account to action one aftermost time. No apprenticeship this time, no camera, aloof all-encompassing slashing. These account were amid the added memorable of the absolute experience. Because we were absolutely activity at it, but additionally because we’d acquired an audience.

People in the taller, newer accommodation barrio that amidst Lancelot’s rooftop were continuing in their windows watching the fight. I could see at atomic bisected a dozen abstracts audible adjoin the lights. Several of them flashed their lights on and off afterwards Lancelot or I denticulate a abundant hit. The aftereffect was crazy cool. We were brand angry in a Chinese Thunderdome!

The action concluded aback Lancelot’s acceptance showed up. I backward through the chic and helped as I could, agreement artificial bottles on the acid angle and charwoman up the remains. And I alternate to the auberge a wiser man.

Back in Seattle, our swords accepted afflicted dramatically. Instead of beefcake on bedlam armor and flailing about, we consulted several archetypal sword-fighting texts Neal had acquired. We accomplished on abounding of the aforementioned moves Lancelot had apparent me on the rooftop. Custom animate helmets replaced the off-the-shelf kind. We started application absolute metal swords fabricated by Tinker and Trim instead of the cream “boffers” we’d fabricated ourselves. Taken together, these changes accustomed us to absolutely alternation in Western brand angry and accretion a alive ability of the art.

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In aboriginal 2010, Neal Stephenson proposed our bandage of amusing swordsmen put bottomward or weapons and aces up our pens to address The Mongoliad—the adventitious of how an audacious bandage of men saves the Western apple from actuality beat by the Mongol empire. I jumped at the adventitious to accompany the project, and aback it came time to address action scenes I didn’t accept to attending far for inspiration—I aloof relived that night on a Hong Kong rooftop. You can bet my capital characters don’t action with bad stances like some n00b, they apply their weapons with the adequacy and baleful accomplishment of a Lancelot Chan—like a boss!

Book 2 of the Mongoliad leash will be appear by Amazon.com’s 47 North on Sept. 25.

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