posted on Mar, 7 2003 @ 03:36 AM
Originally posted by Nans DESMICHELS And when I say that weapons aren't necessary a good way to self-defence, you'll be surprised to
know that the SHIMEN, one of the best samurai earth never know often wins his single fights only with a boken (The wood traning sword).
Yeah, there's quite a few sword-masters that are like that...They think using live steel is *too* deadly so they use the *practice* versions of the
I've been trained in Western European styles of sword/sheild fighting, Ninjutsu & a bit of Kendo (Kendo basically doesn't teach any *defense* while
sparring, so I don't use much of that style).
I'm also trained in the use of a variety of thrown weapons, mostly Shuriken & more conventionally-shaped throwing knives.
I can also use Nekodi (Ninja's climbing claws) in HTH combat as well, but it's difficult to use a hand weapon while wearing them. I'm also pretty
decent with other Ninja-type tools, such as grappling hooks & smaller weapons.
I'm also a proficient archer: I use a bow that has eccentric pullies & an adjustable pull-tension that ranges from 40 lb to 55 lb (Minimum
pull-rating of 50 lb is reccommended for hunting bear...).
Also, I'm trained in a small variety of blunt weapons, but I'm more likely to be actually *using* commonly-found items that I might find at-hand,
rather than buying a bunch of them.
Not to mention that I've got lots of ideas for setting traps in & around my home...Mostly coming from Ninjutsu disciplines, but even a few LARP (Live
Action Role Playing) games have a bunch of ideas for devious tricks...
I've also kept in practice by joining a group that's simular to the SCA (Not officially affiliated, but does much of the same thing)...I've taken
quite a few enemies by surprise with my non-standard tactics & unpredictable moves.
I currently only own 3 swords...One of them is only decorative, but the other 2 (A Katana & a Ninja-to) *are* combat-ready.