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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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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Why are firearms not part of the martial arts world?

Systems of martial arts utilize of variety of weapons that include polearms, blades, and blunt objects among others. While Systema and some branches of ninpo budo taijutsu include firearms as part of ...
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Octagonal vs round shaped staff weapons

I just had first lesson in Aikido with Jo and was surprised to see that some of the staffs were octagonal and some were round. Can someone explain what is the difference and if there are any ...
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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 ...
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How does Bartitsu's "foot hook with a cane" technique work?

Bartitsu is the British Gentleman's MMA. And one of the self-defense sequences, pictured underneath, involves hooking the opponent's foot with your cane and pulling his legs apart. I've found one ...
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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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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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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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How is a Kubotan used in self-defense?

Two weeks ago I participated in a seminar at my dojo where a so-called Kubotan or self-defense stick was introduced. I had never heard of that thing before. In two sessions, we got some background ...
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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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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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Bokken and Jo restoration

I have an old jo and bokken that are quiet damaged after repeating hitting other fast flying pieces of wood. Is there a way to bring those back to life from an aesthetic point of view as they are ...
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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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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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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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Where can I find display cases for Chinese Martial Arts weapons?

A colleague of mine will inherit her grandfather's collection of Chinese Martial Arts weapons including a number of swords. They would like to display these weapons, since they have both sentimental ...
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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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Bokken and Jo Kata book

When I did Aikido, several years ago, my teacher knew a lot of bokken and jo katas and other three or four combinations moves (small kata) for bokken and jo that I don't know how to call. The number ...
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Are there good alternatives to wood for weapons?

As a follow up to my question on the state of my neglected jo: Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped? I've been thinking I don't like my wooden 'Jo's very much. I've broken a couple and ...
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Why do different shapes of bokken exist?

Bokken are supposed to mimic/represent a katana for training purpose. There are suburi bokken which are heavier than normal to train muscles and develop power. But why are there different shapes of '...
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What to look for in a training/mock gun?

There are a lot of different options out there in guns to use in martial arts training, including wood, plastic, rubber, and with various degrees of realism. I know from working with knives that the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: https://web.archive....
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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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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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Does blade flex have any function beyond durability?

It's well understood that you need some carbon to get well tempered steel, and put flex into the blade for durability. (Brittle swords break easily.) But is there any use of the flexibility inherent ...
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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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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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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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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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Force with a spear

When working with a rapier you use a very light touch, not just for safety reasons within the rules, but because that is entirely sufficient to kill someone and if you go any harder you are likely to ...
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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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Any way to repair a Jo that has become warped?

I left my Jo (white oak, 1 inch diameter, 51.5 inch length) leaning in the corner for two years. Now I'm using it again and it is noticably bowed and deformed. While it is straight "enough" to be ...
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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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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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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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How do polearm wielders protect unarmored hands?

For the most part I read that the primary way to protect the hands, especially from deflected strikes that slide along the shaft, when wielding a pole weapon is gauntlets; any sort of guard as you may ...
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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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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 a martial arts manuscript/record or technique using a glaive while on horseback?

As the title states, I want to know if there is a martial arts technique with a manuscript record (preferably in English with an image or a video explanation) that uses a glaive type sword while on ...
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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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How do I keep the bo staff from moving off centre as I train in twirling it?

I'm practicing Yuan-style Tai-Chi, and I'm having difficulty keeping the bo staff from moving off centre as I twirl it - I consistently find my hold slightly to one end or another after a series of ...
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Multi-opponent martial arts systems and strategies?

We often think about self defense in terms of a single opponent, but, as anyone who has ever been "jumped" knows, real world situations can easily include multiple opponents. Are there ...
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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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Why does Seido Karate only teach weapons training at black belt level?

I am a student of the Seido karate fighting style, I would like to know why weapons training starts only at the black belt level?