personally I think its because it's too easy to simply walk around with a knife or stick and hurt people. with a gun at least there is some degree or
safety. background checks, ammo availability ect... anybody can pick up a stick or knife and go on a pretty devastating rampage. it's the last
thing the powers that be want the population to realize. that there are powerful tools at their disposal. get people to not even think along those
lines and you have a more manageable population thats easier to control.
if people want to understand and get competent with a traditional weapon look no further than a inch thick, 20-26 inch long simple wooden or cane
it's the ultimate weapon out if the traditional weapons in my opinion. first its pretty versatile in both its applications to the degree of force
that you can project with it. plus its got a pretty decent range. a stick can be used like a third jujitsu arm and restrain, lock up or choke an
opponent. it can be used to disarm an opponent. it can be used to break bones. I don't think people realize just how much force a stick can
generate on impact. plently to kill on impact if struck in the head. sticks are also very, very fast. faster than a boxers jab could ever hope to
but all of those above reasons are crap to the real reason a stick is the ultimate traditional weapon. it's a gateway weapon.
because the stick basically teaches you proper grip, wrist and elbow articulation, body ergonomics, angles of attack and defense, and foot work (most
a stick is a placeholder for any weapon that you use with a single hand. if you can learn to use a stick well then you have ready learned how to use
a short sword, rapier, machete, dagger, knife, and much more and just don't know it yet. practice a basic routine to develop your carenza (flow and
weapon handeling) for a stick for about a month. put down stick and pick up machete (a balanced one) or a short sword whether it be a gladius, a
Spanish sword, or a talibong and do the exact same moves and be amazed as you realize you can out swashbuckle any pirate in any Hollywood movie scene.
when you realize the connection between the stick and the sword you begin to understand all the little details of a sword and what the various parts
are intended to be there for. why is there a bit of sharp end or blade on the back side of a short swords tip? it's not there to make stabbing
easier but to open up an entire range or techniques that focus on utilizing the back hand motion of the wrist (like when you throw a frisbee). takes
a wrist articulation and disposition of a weapon that's primarily used as a defensive warding motion and weaponizes it.
wanna get a universal understanding of most traditional weapons learn the stick first.
for those Interested in basic traditional weapons handeling look no further than south east asian systems. primarily philippino martial arts of
escrina, arnis, kali or the indo malay arts of silat/silek.
a good system that's systematic and well organized that teaches a good overview of swords and sticks and knives is Docepares.
DocePares started when several grandmasters of philippino martial arts got together and created a hybrid of all there systems. some masters where
experts at European swordfighting from the Spanish colony days. others of Chinese sword systems from the local traders residing in the port towns.
another an expert on the indigenous knife and machete techniques of the inhabitants of the local jungles of the Philippines and indonesia. others had
family systems handed down from when ancient India controlled the region. some even had Persian sword technique represented. they put em all
together and created a system.
when I look at say their very first routine or Kata I see Spanish sword techniques being drilled. primarily arco, and media. and basic advance and
retreat footwork. it may look silly but these are fundamental single hand sword techniques drilled via stick.
shortened version of same beginners routine
this is the video to watch if you have any serious interest in traditional weapons.
extremely interesting and informative demonstration at the Smithsonian on traditional philippino weapons by Danny inosanto. seriously impressive
edit on 1-8-2015 by BASSPLYR because: man auto correct can really butcher written language