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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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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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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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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 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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Tactical flashlight vs martial arts for self defense?

First a small disclaimer and apology: I didn’t feel my post rises to the level of an answer, but I couldn’t shorten it to fit as a comment. Theory and speculation are fun, but does anyone have first ...
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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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Tactical flashlight vs martial arts for self defense?

In terms of actual self defence capabilities. Yes, it's not bad. It's a club if nothing else and blunt instruments are useful in a fight. Yes if it's already dark or if it's extremely powerful it ...
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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 to do in a fight that might turn deadly?

Don't Pick a Fight This is one of the fundamental rules here: do not fight unless you need to. Even with proper training, attempting to handle a drunk man with a knife while unarmed is a deadly task. ...
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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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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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Does anyone actually fight with two katana simultaneously?

Dual wielding of equal weapons is relatively rare in warfare historically. Wielding a smaller secondary weapon is much more common (e.g. rapier + parrying dagger, katana + wakizashi, tomahawk + ...
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What Resources Are There For Knife And Sword Rights Activism In The USA?

What a coincidence. I recently stumbled upon a video of a young sort of guy in Arizona by the name of Kairo Seijuro who seems to have attained a high degree of skill in classical kenjutsu. He was in ...
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What should I do if I'm fencing stick-on-stick and we get stuck?

From a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) perspective, you have some options open to you: Punch you opponent. Drop your lower hand and use that hand for punching, while maintaining pressure on the ...
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Safe Sparring Spear

Home-made: I have utilized a wooden staff and put a layer or two of pipe foam on the end. It's relatively cheap and provides padding to blunt hits so long as you don't jab it really hard. I utilized ...
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Any tricks to help with two hand wielding (dual weilding)?

Drills. There are innumerable videos out on you tube delineating basic drills in pretty much every two hand weapon out there. For simplicity and utility, I would recommend focusing on double escrima. ...
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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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Karate Tonfa Kata

I strongly recommend learning weapons in person. It's hard to learn anything over video alone. If your karate instructor doesn't teach weapons, then find someone in your area who does. And you might ...
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How does weapons training transfer to empty hand?

It sounds like you're learning contemporary wushu kung-fu. In contemporary and traditional wushu, most teachers will start you off with empty-hand training before moving on to weapons. Just so we're ...
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Why do some nunchakus have one or two rings?

Just to quote one of the sources JohnP might be referring to (bolding mine): Traditional Chinese Nunchakus are used to be made of wood and linked by a rope, but they’ve also been caught up by metal ...
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Is there a legitimate fighting technique using dual sword on horse?

Not sure what you mean by "faking it," but the group in the video seems to be recreating techniques recorded in the historical Korean manual, the Muyedobotongji/무예도보통지/武藝圖譜通志 (wikipedia ...
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