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Questions tagged [weapons]

Questions about self-defense using firearms, fist loads, knives, and other weapons, as well as ritual/historical and competitive practice with weapons, such as archery and with swords.

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How effective are nunchaku as a choking weapon?

Numerous countries make it illegal to be in possession of nunchaku because they are claimed to be a weapon designed for choking. When I practiced Matayoshi kobudo in the WOF (admittedly for a ...
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Why do some nunchakus have one or two rings?

I want to buy a nunchaku. I saw some of them had one or two rings on the cord. Why purpose does it server? Examples:
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

So I just started studying Wushu (more specifically I think it's Bagua). The teacher seems very qualified and I really like her, she is from China originally, a 6th degree black belt and has studied ...
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What are some good low impact martial arts?

I have been training on and off in various martial arts since I was a teenager; now I'm nearing 50 and my body is certainly not what it used to be. I trained for over 10 years in tae kwon do and I'...
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Karate Tonfa Kata

I have trained in Judo and Karate for a lot of years. I have studied kata bunkai for a long time. I'm now moving into Karate weapons training and would like to start with Tonfa. I don't have time in ...
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Can long wet cloth really be used effectively as a weapon?

From the Once Upon a Time in China 2 movie, I found it rather hard to believe that the way the 'cloth stick' was used, would actually be feasible. The list of martial arts weapons does not have it. ...
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Things to do in Tokyo when you are NOT dead (yet) [closed]

Later this year I will take my nephew (he is 19) to Tokyo for a week. We will spend most of the time together but I am considering having one or two afternoons were each goes his own way (I am ...
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Trick/Morph weapons aka weapons with different modes…

A trope in several media, such as Bloodborne and Bleach for example, is weapons that have two mode that can be switched.In case you have no idea what I am talking about, here is a transformation of a ...
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Hand held striking targets for sticks?

I'm wondering if anyone knows of the equivalent of a target mitt or kick shield for weapons training, what they would be called and where I could find one? I'm looking for something that would allow ...
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Any tricks to help with two hand wielding (dual weilding)?

I am pretty good with a singular weapon, but trying to do two at once often just ends up with doing one hand and then doing the other hand instead of actually doing two at the same time. Are there ...
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Are there any martial arts that use the boomerang?

The boomerang is a traditional hunting weapon. For use outside of hunting, boomerangs can be thrown, used for striking, blocking in a similar way to tonfa etc. My question is, are there any martial ...
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Advantages of a Short, Strong Build?

What are the advantages to being strong and short? Similarly, I wondered about the benefits of shorter arms, if advantages exist. I wonder about this for unarmed and armed fighting. In weapon ...
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Safe Sparring Spear

Is there any safe sparring staff which can simulate a spear, which you can use with minimal protection? I've talked to friends, and even rattan staffs seem to smart and leave bruises. I guess you ...
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What to look for in a wooden weapons set

Many of my students keep asking me what kind of weapons they should get: I tell them to get a jo and a bokuto, generally the cheapest1 they can find. If they like them and end up doing a lot of weapon ...
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Nunchaku demonstration under-the-arm protective pads

Do nunchaku artists use under-the-arm protective pads during demonstrations for quick underarm catches? If so, I see none available anywhere.
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Picking a selfie stick with an eye to defense - carbon fibre vs aluminium characteristics?

I feel rather self-conscious asking this but, here goes... I am picking a selfie stick for a forthcoming European holiday considering their potential use as a weapon (I know several sword and stick ...
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What Resources Are There For Knife And Sword Rights Activism In The USA?

I currently reside in Texas, which rather surprisingly has some of the most restrictive knife/sword laws in the United States. While the state government is all about making sure you can walk your dog ...
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Is this normal for a two section staff?

My Kung-Fu specialty is the two section staff (Dai so ji). I noticed rececently that the three rings connecting the sections has some sort of grime (Not rust) and seems looser. Is this a problem? If ...
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What should I do if I'm fencing stick-on-stick and we get stuck?

Somebody attacked my with a bat-like wooden stick. Fortunately, I have a wooden stick as well. He makes a lunge, but I parry it. We get stuck just like in all movies: What should I do next?
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What is the most effective cold weapon alternative to knife? [closed]

There are certain regulations on carrying a knife in some regions. I wonder what are effective alternatives that can be used in knife's stead, and that can be considered cold weapons.
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Iwama ryu bokutō

Iwama ryu uses a differently shaped (from the classical shape) bokutō to practice. Why does it have the shape it has and why is it the preferred shape for Iwama ryu? Here are some images:
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Resources explaining the differences between martial arts / combat styles for artistic purposes?

I'm wanting to get some good, broad resources to study up on, for my comic art / graphic novel purposes. Also, for my homebrew table RPG. I'm looking for something that shows me something like, "X ...
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Two-Handed Basket-Hilted Sword Usage?

Is there a method of sword fighting where one uses two handed techniques with a basket-hilted sword? I've heard that this happened, just not where, when, and what the technique was called.
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Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

I was watching Samurai Swordmaking, which was uploaded in 2013, where an old man forges a sword by hand using fire and hammer. Has anybody seen a modern technology for making a sword that is as ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Most of us are familiar with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Leonardo fights with two katana, one in each hand. In every other movie I have ever seen in which katana appear, they are treated as a ...
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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

My question is an extend to the question, How do you prepare for the stress of a real self-defense situation? The thing is, fighting is not a thing to be taken lightly, even in a perilous situation. ...
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Can anyone ever fight as people do in movies?

Regardless of the martial art, we always see people in the movies using super bad ass moves and beating multiple opponents often with one hit for each guy...is that even possible? If yes, is a black ...
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Surefire tactical flashlight effective on sunglasses?

I hear those super bright flashlights can blind the assailant for a few seconds, but how effective is such a flashlight if the assailant were wearing sunglasses?
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Treating wooden weapons

What are traditional ways to treat wooden weapons (as hanbō, jō,...)? Should we oil the wood? What oil to use? How is it done? Should we use wax? What else? Should we repeat some treatement after ...
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Blisters from sticks

I am a beginner at arnis/kali/eskrima. every meeting, I always expect some blisters on my palm and finger, especially after hitting the tires with the stick. I won't quit just because of blisters, ...
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Replace Broken Kwan Dao Handle?

So I broke the handle of the Kwan Dao in our studio and I'm feeling a little guilty about it and I'd like to replace it. It's basically this guy here. http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Claw-Long-Weapon-...
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Chinese Dadao info?

I am very interested in the Chinese Dadao and how they were used in combat. Is there any good resources out there on the use of and training with the Dadao specifically? I've seen a lot on the use ...
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What is the name of this Taekwondo black belt bo form?

I asked at the school and no one knows the name. We call it the Advanced Bo Form. This form was brought over from the previous school before our current Grand Master took over. Only a hand full of us ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

This is kinda a tangent of my benefits of training to fight multiple attackers question. Although I have some opinions of my own, my experience with weapons training is currently very limited, so I ...
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Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?

So the Ferguson situation has made me think a bit about how I might defend my home in the case of a home invasion. My wife isn't crazy about guns, and I don't have much experience with them, so I'm ...
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Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)

It seems slashing is much more powerful than thrusting, and thus, much more useful. Is there any technique to enhance power of a thrusting attack to the level of a powerful blow? If not, what is the ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

I was wondering if using three swords with the third in your mouth would be effective against anyone else with a sword. I'd think so, because you could parry their attacks, and then slice them with ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

I searched up different styles, and I say this style called Gosoku-ryū that has 46 katas including weapon katas. Why would there be katas involving weapons for a style of karate which is an art of the ...
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Is measuring tape an effective weapon? [closed]

You can have a really long whip/sword that can dynamically change sizes. Would this be effective? I'll give a scenario as an example. You're walking down a street, and a mad man comes running at you ...
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Exercises for strengthening arms, wrists and fingers with the intent of sword use

In a previous question I asked whether it is better to start out with a light weapon, and then move on to a heavier one. I got the answer that yes, it's better to start with a lighter one and ...
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Is it better to start out with a light weapon?

I am thinking of starting practicing HEMA (historical European martial arts), and so I am about to buy a sword to practice with. After looking around a bit I've become curious about how heavy a weapon ...
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Weapons in taekwondo?

I have trained weapons in a couple martial arts and I think that weapons should be a part of traditional taekwondo curriculum. For a particular school of taekwondo, they would not teach weapons as ...
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Supplementary Asian arts for Modern Medieval Armored Combat

I am curious what Asain arts would have techniques that would be useful in Armored Combat League. Armored combat league is a combat sport done in armor promo vid with explanation: http://usaknights....
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Self-defense against chainsaw attack

Is there any "style" or self-defence that teaches techniques against chainsaw attack. E.g. if somebody attacks you like this video I don't now how to defend myself. Either I could run away or attack ...
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Which arts use the Naginata?

I have been interested in the Naginata. Which arts train with it? I have seen the term Naginatajutsu, is this a practiced art on its own or simply a part of another art?
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Do Any Eastern Arts Use a Shield?

Are there any Eastern arts that utilize a shield with a sword or a spear?
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Wrist strength for sticks

One of the things I've noticed is that short sticks are brutal on my wrists after I've been practicing for a prolonged period, but I don't tend to notice how brutal they have been until the next day (...
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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

For some time, I've trained Modern Arnis (an Escrima Variant) and enjoyed this greatly, especially the fact that one learns to handle diverse weapons - sticks, machetes, knives, ball pens, etc. I'm ...
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What is the best bo staff for an 8-year-old for competitions?

What would be the best bo staff for an 8-year-old child to use in competitions. The bamboo toothpick is much too heavy for him. Would anyone recommend the fiberglass bo staff?
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Is there any information on pre-19th century Irish weapons-based martial arts?

Several Irish weapons-based martial arts were recently brought to my attention (through the writings of John Hurley): Scianóireacht - knife arts Tuadóireacht - various forms of axe-fighting ...