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How do weapons work?

Range Any weapon (well maybe except brass knuckles) will keep an opponent farther away than they would come if you had none - given you use it appropriately. This is a major advantage since it narrows ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Any tricks to help with two hand wielding (dual weilding)?

It sounds like whatever style you're training, it doesn't have two-weapon forms as part of it? That would be the first thing to look at. If you're training without a form/teaching that includes two ...
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How do weapons work?

How weapons work is complicated. We have different ways we can consider "how weapons work." The Overview of Weapons Humans devise tools to enhance their abilities. Weapons are just the tools ...
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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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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

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 ...
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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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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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Does blade flex have any function beyond durability?

In most cases, sword flex is only for the sake of durability and excessive flexibility is likely to interfere with doing proper damage with your blade. A major exception is the urumi, or "whip ...
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Self defense flashlights through car windows

Would they work? Certainly. Would they work as intended? I doubt it. Two things to consider: Refraction and reflection. The light density of these flashlights is extreme and you will have to be very ...
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How to cope with being helpless?

Avoid The Situation Really, this is the key, and I would bet big money that a near-universal sentiment among self defense instructors. No one can deprive you of life if you are simply not there! Not ...
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What martial art should I try if I want to train with a wide variety of weapons?

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 ...
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What are the benefits of learning weapons?

The benefit of learning traditional weapons is in extending yourself, to widen your awareness of your surroundings. Learning different weapons helps you to distance yourself effectively, which is an ...
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Chinese Dadao info?

There's been some pretty good scholarship and interest in the Dadao recently. There's a few forms or methods which have managed to be incorporated/carried along with various forms of kung fu - here's ...
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