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    Default Re: The Weapons of Kempo?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kenpo-Sloth
    I know as an AK purple belt, I should stay in
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    Why should you have to stay in the beginers forum. Just because you are not a black belt doesn't mean you don't have something to offer. In my opinion, a fresh set of eyes onto old techniques always helps me to see new ways of doing things. I am sure the moderators would agree that you're welcome anywhere in the forum (unless it is a sloth free forum in which case i would say you are out of luck...)

    The walking cane actually has shown up in many martial cultures. Hapkido makes extensive use of the cane ( http://members.cox.net/brownhapkido/home , http://canemasters.com ) and also the Philipino martial arts use the cane as well. My first teacher in FMA told me that a lot of the old men where he's from walk with a cane and not one of them limp...you do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroh
    Why should you have to stay in the beginers forum. Just because you are not a black belt doesn't mean you don't have something to offer. In my opinion, a fresh set of eyes onto old techniques always helps me to see new ways of doing things. I am sure the moderators would agree that you're welcome anywhere in the forum (unless it is a sloth free forum in which case i would say you are out of luck...)
    Thanks for the support, but I'm sure the moderators are already working on a Sloth-Free forum.

    Being 40+ years of age, I might have a different point of view (with respect to weapons like the cane) than say someone who is half that age.
    What have I learned from this???

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    Default Re: The Weapons of Kempo?

    according to all the commercials, 40 is the new 20....no cane for you....

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    ROTFL




    Amen brother, I feel younger already!!
    What have I learned from this???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackcatbonz
    in my personal opinion, a lot of the things that i have learned as far as sword work is concerned, is directly related to empty hand.
    if you remove the sword from a lot of the kata and look at what the hands and body are doing, it looks like a lot like jujutsu.

    as far as sword and spear are concerned......different tools, different jobs.
    you wouldnt use a turkey sandwich to change a tire on your car.
    There is one move in sword work (Overhead cut that could work as a shoulder lock). Anything else is reaching pretty far

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    what about drawing or returning the blade? in fact they are numerous.
    unless you are really familiar with the sword, you wouldnt see it....plain and simple.

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    I'm going to have to go with Blackcatbonz on this one. Some one of expert skill in whatever martial art they practiced would realize that all movements are the same whether you have a weapon in your hand or not. For example, the motions of a stick in the FMA (Filipino Martial Arts) translate to the knife and the sword with a little modification. And since the Stick in the FMA's in analogous to the sword, it goes to show that it would be the same in the Japanese martial arts. The best example of this in Japan is the martial art of Aikido. Roughly 85% of the martial art is based on the movements of a swordsman.

    I know that a lot of traditional Jujutsu Ryuha start with the sword first to show the exponent the motions in an easy to learn format. It is easier to learn to motions to cut the body than it is to learn irimi nage. Although the motions are the same, it is easier to step off the line of attack and cut than it is to picture an entering type of throw.

    http://kroh1.tripod.com/littlecrow/i...try_id=1383465
    Take a peek...

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    Last edited by kroh; 01-09-2006 at 11:50 PM.

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    Default Re: The Weapons of Kempo?

    excellent article, walt!

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    Thank you...

    Originally I wanted to write about the exact formulation for calcuating the number of clowns that could fit into a Volkswagon, but since a few people are affraid of clowns this seemed a mroe appropriate subject. Stay tuned for Parts two comming next week...

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    Thats because clowns are creepy.... seriously.

    Yeaaaaa Yawara!!!!!!!! I love that little thing. So simple and so incredibly misleading.

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    I love the yawarra / kappo sticks. They are a great adjunct to any technique requiring precussion. Another great thing is their concealability and their ability to deliver both non-lethal and destructive techniques. The techniques also apply to a variety of everyday items such as a pen or maglight flash lights. The FMA's use a similar method for a weapon they call an Illusi Pulahd (My romanized Taggolog sucks). Surefire flashlights put out a light called the E2-D that is basically a short yawarra with a striking bezzel on both sides. They did it for the FMA people opperating in LEO community but it is easily transferable into ywarra techniques.

    A friend of mine is a police officer and he carries a aluminum training blade from http://trainingblades.com with him on duty. He uses it with Yawarra techniques to control suspects when the use of the batton is a space issue. Now that his precinct has finally left the side-handle battons, he still carries the training blade as he has become quite comfortable and proficient with it.

    Now that most police forces have gone to the noble stick (collapsable batton), The batton used in the closed position is also a great way to employ yawarra methods into the modern day.

    Great post MrBunny...Beware the clowns...

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    Can't sleep.. clowns will eat me......


    Yawara was my first formal weapon taught in a Goshin Ju-Jitsu class. I instantly fell in love with it's simplicity and versatility.

    Being able to use it for pressure points, joint locks, striking... you name it.

    I used to spend allot of time at the university at night walking cross campus working in the theater. Granted I am not what you would call first choice as an easy target (6'1 250lb built like a line backer) but there were often enough drunk people by frat row that it was nice to have in a pocket incase anyone grabs ya. Fortunatly I have never had to use it.

    I would put the yawara upthere as one of the most usable weapons to learn in modern times.

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    I love the yawara a really fun weapon... as long as you are the one holding it.
    Quality outweighs quantity every time.

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    I love modernizing ancient weapons and giving them that little extra kick...for example...



    This is my kind of yawara...

    Followed by My kind of knife:



    and my prefered tanbo (can double as a yawara if I leave the surefire in the car)...



    Then of course if all this doesn't look like it will drop a dude...
    My bow and arrow:




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    ehh.. I have an aversion to guns in general... my bow and arrow is actualy a 6' longbow with a quiver of ash arrows fleched with goose. (compeditive traditional archer)

    though I do rather like the knives..

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    Killer Clowns From Outer Space, anyone?

    I was first shown the relationship between the sword and empty hands many years ago by an Aikijutsu practitioner. He was demonstrating the relationship to the movements in throws and locks. More recently, my son was visiting and practicing with a boken in the back yard. I walked over and started doing empty hands strikes and defenses based on what he was doing. We had a pretty good session just translating Kendo to empty hands.

    One of the things that Kenpo, and most other arts (I think), teach, is that the movements transfer between empty hands and weapons.

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    Yes...I was taught weapons are an extension of your body.

    I prefer knives when I can't find my cotton candy gun. =P
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrBunny
    ehh.. I have an aversion to guns in general... my bow and arrow is actualy a 6' longbow with a quiver of ash arrows fleched with goose. (compeditive traditional archer)

    though I do rather like the knives..
    Nice...A Japanese version as used in their archery or the English version?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kroh
    Nice...A Japanese version as used in their archery or the English version?

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    English yew, though I do want a Mongolian horse bow.. those are really neat.

    www.horsebows.com

    ohhhh preeeeeeeety

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