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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

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 ...
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Can anyone ever fight as people do in movies?

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. ...
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How effective are nunchaku as a choking weapon?

Your confusion may be that you're thinking of the nunchaku chain wrapping around the neck, as a choke to cut off air, but the proper technique uses the sticks to apply pressure to the carotid arteries ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

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 ...
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Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?

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 ...
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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

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, ...
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If Karate is supposed to be way of the empty-handed, then why does Gosoku-ryū use weapon katas?

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 ...
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How to win a street fight without putting anyone's life in danger?

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. ...
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Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

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 ...
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Slashing vs thrusting (bladed weapon vs pointed weapon)

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 ...
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What is the name of this Taekwondo black belt bo form?

I don't believe there is a "traditional taekwondo black belt bo form". The Kukkiwon (at the Foreign Taekwondo Master Training Course in 2013) says there are no weapons in Taekwondo, but some ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

The book of five rings, written by Miyamoto Musashi around 1645, advocates two-sword fencing style (nitōjutsu): that is, wielding both katana and wakizashi. He does, however, states that you should ...
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Do Any Eastern Arts Use a Shield?

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 (...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

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....
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Is it effective to use a carabiner as tool in real fight?

As you suspect, using a carabiner like this will only damage your hand. Even brass knuckles are bad for your hand. But if you want to find out for yourself, you can just try it on a punching bag. Go ...
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Martial Arts Weapons for Home Defense?

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 ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

What do you want out of your training? Should it be part of a martial arts curriculum is almost impossible to answer, especially without knowing what exactly you want out of your training. As Marc ...
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Blisters from sticks

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 ...
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Blisters from sticks

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, ...
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Can anyone ever fight as people do in movies?

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 ...
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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Yes. Contrary to what the average "expert" on swords and Japanese swordsmanship will tell you online (along with their obligatory mentions to Miyamoto Musashi who everyone obligatorily must ...
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Is there a modern technology for constructing a katana?

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 ...
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Picking a selfie stick with an eye to defense - carbon fibre vs aluminium characteristics?

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 ...
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Is a triple-sworded style viable against one or dual wielding sword oppenents?

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 ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

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 ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

The benefit of weapon training is that they develop fine motor skills and coordination. The Nunchaku's are great for learning coordination between your hands. The staff (bo) is great for teaching you ...
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Nunchaku demonstration under-the-arm protective pads

I have been practicing nunchaku for a number of years now and I have never seen or heard of anyone using any padding like that. Generally beginners will practice using foam nunchaku, which should ...
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Can long wet cloth really be used effectively as a weapon?

Well, you can block with flexible objects (T-shirt, towel, chain, scarf) and trap arms, legs or strangle someone. But there are limits as an impact weapon. If you hide a padlock in your towel, it can ...
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How effective are nunchaku as a choking weapon?

For the practical part, first see Sean Duggan's answer. Then consider the fact that even though it is not technically "choking", the nunchaku will work the other way around as choking instrument ...
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