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This is more of an aside than a full answer (but too long and with links not well handled by comments), but it is worth noting that the traditional Katanas evolved in a region where the naturally available iron was both rarer than in many areas in Europe and of lower quality. While the famed folding process does have other effects, one of the most ...


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This 2007 interview with Dr. Rick Vinci, a Stanford-trained materials scientist and engineer at Lehigh University, by NOVA does a good job of describing both the materials science and engineering of the samurai sword. The sword is an excellent example of people, first of all, understanding the requirements of the particular application. Understanding ...


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Not only can it be done, but it has been done and you can watch it: https://www.youtube.com/results?q=man%20at%20arms%20katana&sm=1 In the TV show "Man at arms, reforged", when they do katanas, they do the folding and tempering but with power tools instead of hand hammers, recently designed clays, and modern furnaces and chemical treatments (in this ...


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From a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) perspective, you have some options open to you: Punch you opponent. Drop your lower hand and use that hand for punching, while maintaining pressure on the sticks with your other hand. Grab your opponent's weapon with your lower hand, then go to town using the short end of your stick, the point of your stick, or ...


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What a coincidence. I recently stumbled upon a video of a young sort of guy in Arizona by the name of Kairo Seijuro who seems to have attained a high degree of skill in classical kenjutsu. He was in the news due to a video posted to youtube showing him using his sword to protect himself and another man from harm when a fight broke out between multiple people ...


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As Slugster mentioned, selfie sticks are not, inherently, designed for close quarter combat. However, if you really want your stick to be effective in self-defence situations, there are a few factors to consider when choosing your "weapon" : techniques (length), materials, transportability and legality. Techniques (length) : From your question, it seems ...


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Sticks don't "get stuck". There's no cross guard to catch the main body of the weapon. If you ended up in a position of stick vs. stick without momentum, it would break into a different position very quickly: You can grab their stick for a disarm, lock, or to open them for an attack (and you'd probably want to do so before they do the same to you) You ...


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There are a few forms in Tenshinsho-den Katori Shinto ryu. I know they exist, but was not able to progress to that level in my local school. Here is a link to a video of the style. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2xmfyZSn80


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http://www.wired.com/2001/02/dragonslayer/ Wired magazine published this article, about the advances of modern science in metallurgy, and how a professor and his team demonstrated this by forging a (better) sword then by traditional methods. They named this project the 'Dragon Slayer' - i.e.; blade to slay dragons! Very interesting read. The short answer ...


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Choy li fut Kung fu has 42 weapons. At my school you can request to learn a weapon of your choice. For instance a friend of mine asked to learn the double axes, so our Sifu learnt the form and taught it to him. I've already learnt the staff, double daggers, spear, two section staff, sabre and double ended spear after 5 years (obviously you need skill with ...


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It is very Subjective ! If you are medieval kind guy go for hema! Most of people use longsword but you also have rapiers(a lot of kinds out there as they were a very popular duel sword, also variations: rapier and buckler, rapier and dagger , rapier and cape), sword and buckler, dagger ( and shield or buckler) , big two handed sword ( you can't use them ...


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It would largely depend on the chainsaw. What most people seem to forget is that a chainsaw is a tool designed to either cut an immobile target(trees) or light targets(shrubbery). A regular chainsaw is not expected to block anything, cut through everything or cut indefinitely. thus striking the saw likely destroys or deforms the rail (or at least ...


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This is not quite a complete answer as I've never bought a selfie stick for that purpose... While selfie sticks can be used for self defense, they are not made for self defense. I would suggest that if you use your stick you will need to replace it after each "situation" because at the very least it will be bent or the telescoping joints will be ...


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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons? Probably the HEMA arts. Fiore de’i Liberi in "The Flower of Battle" for example covers everything from unarmed hand to hand combat through to mounted armoured combat and virtually everything in between. unarmed, dagger/knives, baton, swords (one and two handed), axe (...


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A point I haven't seen anyone else make yet is that learning to use a weapon can improve your unarmed techniques by forcing you into a new paradigm. Most weapon use is different enough from unarmed combat that one is forced to pay attention to what they are doing moreso than they do using their body alone. Most of us are so familiar with the ways our body ...


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Yes. For a more nuanced answer, a lot of it gets into what you consider to be a katana. Presently, it is extremely difficult to make a katana in Japan, as swordmaking was highly regulated post-WW2. During WW2, katana were machine-forged or sometimes even stamped, but they were for display, and were indeed inferior. Tool steel and high speed steel are ...


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As no specific region was specified in the question, this answer applies exclusively to Canada. Perhaps similar provisions exists in other legal systems, however. In Canada, the law allows you to openly carry a knife of pretty much any size, as long as it conforms to these points of the Criminal Code Article 84 : Prohibited weapon means (a) a knife ...


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This is going to depend highly on your particular region's laws, be them at the city, county, state, province, or country level. And the laws change from time to time. It's hard to know for sure what's allowed. The other thing to keep in mind is that even if a weapon is legal, if you go to court on homicide or assault charges, even if it was clearly self-...


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First, in iwama ryu we have lot of contacts with stabbing (tsuki) so it would be less dangerous to stab with blunt kisaki. Second, there are go no awase and shichi no awase which are parrying techniques, practitioner should parring in proper way, if he parry wrong he will punch on top of the opponent bokken on his blunt kisaki and instructor will hear that ...


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Asian Fighting Arts by Donn F. Draeger and Robert W. Smith is a good survey of martial arts from Asia. The original, published in 1969, is a little dated, but should give you an idea of the history, content, and weapons used by Asian martial arts systems. This was republished as Comprehensive Asian Fighting Arts in 1980. I don't know how the content of the ...


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Half swording. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-sword There is no space in a basket hilt to use two hands, so the second hand would be on the blade. It became more common with all swords as armour improved.


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There can be a few reasons for this: It could be coated in fake chrome or even genuinely chrome plated. If the original metal looked very shiny and reflective, then that's probably what it was. In this case, if you scrape the outer material off, you'll be left with the base metal or primer paint coat. It's not rust, just kind of black or grey. It can turn ...


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I really don't know how to explain this. The movies are there for entertainment. Everything you see there is entertainment and has little to no relationship to reality. Please don't think that you can look at anything you see in any movie and assume it in any way represents anything which has or does or would happen in reality. Scholagladiatoria on this ...


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You can't go wrong with the tried and true Millwall brick.


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I'll give you both the "ideal but still probably illegal" answer, and the more realistic answer. Smashing weapons - still probably illegal If you can't have edged weapons, a stick or club is a great tool. It gives you reach, leverage, and can smash bones. If you want a short pocket weapon, then you want brass knuckles. Personally, if I had the choice, ...


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This is a vast undertaking... Tomiki's On Modern Jujutsu paper is not a bad place to start for how Aikido and Judo evolved from the myriad of old Japanese ryu. It breaks down ancient jujutsu into four categories: Nage-waza (throwing techniques) Katame-waza (locking techniques) Atemi-waza (striking techniques) Kansetsu-waza (joint techniques) I would add ...


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Historically speaking, there wouldn't be much overlap between the us of the half-swording technique and the advent of the basket-hilted sword. Half-swording was typically used with a longsword by heavily armored combatants. The basket-hilt arose once technology had advanced to the point that heavy armor began to fall out of favor. The basket-hilt itself ...


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As Sean said, nito ryu teach the way to fight with a katana and a wakizashi, but in real fight, on a ground battle, a samurai could use those technique with a second full sized katana. I practised it and i don't remember any technique which wouldn't work with two katana. There is some Kenjutsu Dojo that are able to teach it if you wanna try it


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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger? The only way to win a street fight without putting anyone's life at risk is to avoid fighting altogether. •Does knocking someone out by leading a punch to the chin (or somewhere else on the head) is willing to be lethal ? Despite what Hollywood would have us believe, being knocked ...


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The best way to fight is always by "without fighting". Negotiate and talk your way through because your ultimate aim is not getting yourself (or your friends) hurt. If you have the option to run/escape, do so! Is it ok to break someone's arm (it won't kill him) if you are given the opportunity ? (Through a submission or something.). In the country ...



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