On a Question We Posed
BLACK BELT: Is it possible to stop a downward sword strike by trapping the blade between your palms? In an interview, Masayuki Shimabukuro and Carl E. Long answered: “This is highly implausible and definitely not recommended.”
Scott Nolan: Back in the 1980s, we actually practiced that very technique in taekwondo class. I remember our master saying, when asked about the effectiveness, “It’s better to lose your hand or arm than to lose your life.”
Thomas M. O’Brien: Yes, my friend “Lefty” tried that one time.
Sarah Callahan: I don’t think anyone ever believed that, but for some reason, people who make movies like it and they think we will believe it when they put it on the screen. Too bad they don’t read Black Belt.