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Honestly, you'll never look like the movies. Fights suck. They are sweaty, messy, and bloody things that nobody really wins. The best way to win a fight is to avoid the confrontation entirely. Flashy moves don't (often) win you the fight, and people you are trying to defend yourself from tend to be harder to take down than you would like. A strong kick ...


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Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer nor do I play one on TV. So, whatever I say has no legal value whatsoever. That said... The law is a complex beast and unless you are a good criminal defence lawyer whatever you think you know about self defence is probably wrong, or at best incomplete. Laws change country to country, state to state, and even county to ...


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Thrusting AND Slashing are both useful It might "seem" slashing is more powerful because it involves bigger movements, and depending on the weapon, you feel, in your arm, that you're getting more force... but... it's not. Thrusting concentrates more force onto a smaller point, allowing better penetration. Stabbing weapons tend to cause more lethal ...


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Just because a karate style may include weapon katas does not mean that the name "karate" is invalidated. You can think of Kobudo as an extension, or sister art(s) to Karate. Okinawan weapon arts are supposed to have been based on farming tools that the practitioners would have had readily available. Additionally, as has been noted elsewhere, Kara in the ...


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Shields were used historically in Chinese martial arts, made of woven stems such as rattan, or wood covered in leather, in various sizes and designs. In Shaolin Kung-Fu, a round rattan shield (Tengpai) is sometimes used with the single-edged sword (dao). References: Photo above from https://mastershifusays.wordpress.com/ Ancient Chinese Weapons: A ...


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The answer to many of your questions is "Yes, with qualifications and probably not the way you're thinking of, if you're using movies as your reference". Movie Cheats Awareness In movies, the heroes take on 3 guys coming from different directions without any problem - they turn at just the right time, or maybe they throw a backhand or rear kick, they duck ...


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Application of force. A weapon is a force multiplier. It lets you do more damage to your opponent, with less effort and exertion, in a shorter period of time, while exposing you to less danger of damage yourself. Having trained with weapons can help you in a self defense situation. This is particularly true if you have trained in weapons that can be ...


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Reasons to Study Weapons I - improved coordination Training with weapons improves your coordination in ways that only controlling something that you don't have nerve endings in can. II - weapons of opportunity It's not just a stick. It's also, potentially, a sword, or a baseball bat, or a lead pipe. By training with a stick, you're also training with ...


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In a case where you have to face more than one opponent, in a case where putting someone into submission is not enough to end the fight: If you're more comfortable with the idea of using submissions, then you can train for that: arts/skills such as Chin-Na, some schools of jujitsu, hapkido, aikido... all teach joint locks that let you control one ...


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As a martial artist I have a bunch of weapons, but the two I use to protect my home are: myself kali stick(s) The first speaks for itself - you should be able to defend yourself and your property even without a weapon. In other words, you might not have a weapon available or you may have been disarmed - you should still be capable of defending ...


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No. Fights do not go down like in the movies, or like in the dojo. They are chaotic, messy, and brief. They are usually decided, one way or the other, in the first few seconds of a fight. Involving a weapon is especially dangerous. Surviving a knife encounter (notice I didn't say "fight") usually still results in several cuts to the survivor's arms. If ...


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When I bought my wooden Jian from Tigersden, it came with a very detailed instructions on how to treat them, so that it would increase their lifetime and durability. In a nutshell there are two main methods that are slightly different, but both should yield good results. Both rely on applying oil to the wood. Teak or linseed oil was suggested by the Graham ...


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The most recent reference I've found, from 2007, indicates that tinted sunglasses may indeed block the effect, although it seems like the disorientation effect may still be effective.


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When I was doing Doce Pares Escrima several years ago, I ran into the same problem. I used cloth athletic/medical tape to cover up the blistered areas to give them a chance to heal and at one point, when I found that it was a particular part of the stick rubbing up against my hand (an area where the lacquer had gotten roughed up from impact, actually), I put ...


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There's two goals here, and they don't necessarily overlap. Less harmful techniques The techniques less likely to result in serious injury or death for your opponent(s) are to restrain them. Unfortunately, restraining them requires tying up part of your body to do so - limiting your mobility and your ability to defend yourself against others. These ...


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To help understand the difference between a thrust and a slash, consider some hopefully familiar movements: a cricket bat... if you "slash" with the bat you can hit a cricket ball 100 metres or more in the air, while if you prod at the ball with the end of the bat it might only go a few metres. On the other hand, if you had an everyday door to get through ...


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which martial arts is for you a "movie like" art? All of them and none of them. Movies are pretend. Fight choreographers will take whatever moves look good and film it from the best angle - regardless of the efficacy of the move or the art it came from. beating multiple opponents often with one hit for each guy...is that even possible? Yes it ...


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Home Invasion vs. Burglary So first off, most of the people afraid of home invasion are rarely the ones targeted by it. Are you involved in criminal activity where you'd have large amounts of cash lying around? Are you from an immigrant culture that would normally hide money stashes in the house? If you answered no to both of those, you are extremely ...


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For home defense, you are contemplating weapon use within a constrained space. Long weapons do not make a lot of sense; you will not be able to use them well. I would also advise against bladed or piercing weapons of any kind. They are by definition lethal weapons, with a clear intent to maim or kill. While the Castle Doctrine and, in some places, stand ...


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Blisters can happen initially. I think it happens to everyone new to stick fighting. It's nothing to be too worried about. It probably just means you were over-eager in your training and went too hard or too long. No big deal. It can also happen if you don't train regularly. Like if you just go once a week, your hand never gets used to it, so you get ...


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With a thrust, I have all of the weight and power of the weapon behind the striking point. It's going to archive MUCH more power, and pressure. Also it takes up less space than a slash. To slash, you have to create a large amount if movement, not to mention getting the angle perfectly correct (which takes years of practice)


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What do you want out of your training? Should it part of a martial arts curriculum is almost impossible to answer, especially without knowing what exactly you want out of your training. As Marc MacYoung explains, there are 5 broad categories you can break out the goals of martial arts into. Self-defense is one of them, but as he also explains martial ...


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The question is not well phrased. It's like asking "Which is a better tool: hammer or screwdriver?" (Answer: it depends...) The better question is "which is a more effective martial arts technique?" There is no historical basis to support the claim that slashing weapons were generally cavalry weapons. Here are some relevant historical examples: Swords ...


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First of all, please no. Just don't. And no, it will not be effective. Even given that there are some people that can tow trains by ropes in their teeth, you cannot clench your jaw enough to be able to hold on to it if someone hits the blade. It will spin out, and if you are lucky, leave your teeth behind. Second, despite what they show in cartoons, you ...


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I want to emphasize I am not an expert, but it is worth looking at history. Most of the real slashing weapons (scimitars, sabers) were designed to be used from horseback. Slashing was less likely to get the weapon stuck, which was an even bigger problem when on horseback then when fighting on foot. (The famous curve of the Katana which was largely used in ...


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Context and understanding If you're working from an art that dates back to melee weaponry, then what that weapon training does for you is open up context to a lot of the movements you've been doing empty handed. Things like footwork, angles, range, the way in which you generate force, often were built entirely around a few primary weapons, the environment ...


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After a bit of searching to find the right thickness and weight, I found that a replacement garden tool handle from the hardware store works really well since it has a lot of the same requirements in terms of lightness and strength. It's also looks and feels pretty nice since it's stained and laquered. I'm fairly happy with the result. I replaced the barb ...


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The Indian MA Kalaripayattu focuses on weapons and includes shield combined with various weapons, to include sword and spear.


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An interesting question. But all your options are deadly really. Why don't you think of back side kick or major punch in his stomach, and then move to the other one for a head punch and so .. A hit to the back of the leg, or on the exact nerve of the arm are also good options, all freeze the opponent and doesn't kill him. Yet he would leave you. Don't go ...


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Key thing to think about is would you want to fight the same way? I observe multiple attackers in movies and notice that if i were in the same situation there is no way i would position and fight in the same way. watch carefully, ignore who wins and loses, just think would you do the same thing? Does it make sense? When you see a big spinning kick, im ...



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