posted on Jun, 9 2004 @ 02:48 AM
Originally posted by I See You
I find fighting hand to hand is the most intriguing. Weaponry that must be used in close combat situations. No guns or bows just knives, swords,
glaves, shurikans, maces, etc. I believe honor was kept in these circumstances of fighting.
I'm more partial to the basics of combat...one on one, hand to hand...delivering the attack with your very body (hands/feet etc etc).
Little honour is had with the pull of a trigger or push of a button...but to defeat your opponent, or even to fall to your opponent...up close and
personal, physical skill matched against physical skill...that to me resounds with a greater purity.
Hand to hand combat...to me...is more 'spiritual' in nature. To see, to feel, hear and smell your opponent in my eyes is to gain a deeper
understanding for their own essence/being, and thus generally fosters a greater respect...even though ultimately the aim is to defeat them...this
should be done without disrespect for your opponent. Firearms to me have less 'honouring' of your opponent.
I do possess somewhat of a 'passing knowledge' of, and usage of, various firearms in defensive/offensive situations...and own a few firearms...but I
have also been trained in *from a young age*, continue to train in *and train others in* the usage of some Traditional weapons of my people (New
Zealand Maori)...and these I find more 'spirit' contained within, and feel more 'natural' and 'connected' using them as opposed to welding a
firearm in anger:
The Taiaha...Maori Fighting 'Spear', approx 6ft+ in length and ultimately a striking weapon, though also used for stabbing, parrying, even
'cutting' if the edged body is bladed enough.
The Tewhatewha...Maori Fighting Weapon...used for striking, 'cutting', stabbing...approx 4ft in length and can be used in pairs similar to the
The Patu...and the Mere...Maori Fighting Clubs. Approx 2 feet in length and can be used for striking, cutting, dislocating of limbs...even severing of
limbs if struck with enough force at the joints...and also principally for the 'lifting/dislodging' of the skull-cap.