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MatsuShinshii
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Joined: 15 Aug 2016
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Location: Kentucky
Styles: Machimura Suidi Rokudan, Ryukyu Kenpo, Kobudo, Judo

PostPosted: Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of the weapons we learn in Kobudo my favorite comes down to three; Rokushaku Bo - because it is the first weapon we learn and it can be used at long and short distances. Nichogama (Kama) - because it is IMHO the ultimate weapon for use in both defense and offense. Rochin/Timbe - just because I love to use them.
Outside of Kobudo weapons, I love the Katana.
For modern weapons you can't beat a knife. It is one of the most versatile weapons in that it can be used to cut, slash, thrust and throw. It is easy to conceal and is legal in most states to carry. It is also handy for a myriad of every day jobs.
Not like I could carry a staff, sickle, shield and short spear or a sword down the street.
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Davis Anthony
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The sai is my all time favourite, which is a traditional weapon. These are particularly useful for trapping and blocking enemy attacks and also have several defensive techniques. Tried a couple of these from Martial Arts Mart. You can try it out as well at http://www.martialartsmart.com/weapons-sai-tonfa-kama.html
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Spartacus Maximus
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Styles: Shorin ryu

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 7:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For practicality and versatility nothing is better than a good stick. Even though it may not be easily carried, sticks can be found almost anywhere so learning to effectively use one is not wasted. A knife is another good choice but it comes second to the stick because unlike the stick, knives often have somekind of legal restriction making their use and/or ownership problematic. The same can be also said of every other martial arts weapons.
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Tempest
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Joined: 31 Aug 2006
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Location: Tulsa, OK
Styles: Judo, HEMA

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Longsword for it's sheer versatility. Can be used one or two handed, although better 2. Can cut, thrust, or crush as needed. Every part of it is a weapon. Not particularly practical to carry, but if this was about practical, then the correct answer is a firearm.
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Zaine
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Joined: 31 Aug 2005
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Location: Dallas, TX
Styles: Shorin Ryu, Long Fist, American Street Karate, Mantis, Schola Saint George (Fiorian sword fighting)

PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2017 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tempest wrote:
Longsword for it's sheer versatility. Can be used one or two handed, although better 2. Can cut, thrust, or crush as needed. Every part of it is a weapon. Not particularly practical to carry, but if this was about practical, then the correct answer is a firearm.
Do you focus on a certain person or country for longsword?
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tend to be a bit of a Lichtenaur junkie. My preferred source is Ringeck, but I have done enough Fiori to have some respect for it.
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Zaine
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's awesome. I've been really diving into Lictenaur lately and it has been a ton of fun. I've also taken the time to pick up a rapier, and it's just been a blast.
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Tempest
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I own a Rapier. I have even been known to fence with it occasionally. It is not my favorite tool, and I am with George Silver in declaring it a bit of a social menace, but it has its uses.
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singularity6
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Joined: 26 Jun 2017
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Styles: Jidokwan Taekwondo and Hapkido, Yoshokai Aikido, ZNIR Iaido, Kendo

PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting... I read through this and didn't see any mentions of a cane (apologies if I missed it!) It's unlikely a cane would be taken away from you anywhere you go. That is the one weapon I think would be most useful to train in, if you're the paranoid type who always wants to be armed.

That being said, I really would like to learn how to use my sword. I picked up one of the Cheness Iaitos years back, along with the hakama, keikogi and obi. The iaido school near me sucked, and recently closed. I'd love to learn iaido or gumdo (I don't care which) before long.
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MAfreak
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Joined: 01 Feb 2016
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i was going into western weapons lately too.
a fencing lesson for example
and i really like the tomahawk.
have some clips here, i think i made progress very fast, since many from eastern weapons technique is adaptable.
https://youtu.be/7dWFBB61Bzc
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