17707Re: [SCA-JML] Weapon question
- Jan 29, 2005On Sat, 29 Jan 2005 sigrune@... wrote:
> Greetings,In fact, the 'ishi-dzuki' as it is called, is often used in naginata kata
> To my knowldge there is no weapon approaching a dual ended sword.
> About as close as we come in Japanese weapons is the Naginata, which is
> single bladed, but sometimes has either a relitively heavy weight (about
> a half pound) on the other end, or a metal tipped point. (not sharp but
> pointy) These prodivided counterbalance to the blade, protected the
> shaft from splitting, gave a convienient tip to jab into the ground when
> a spear rack was not convenient, and was a good focal point for striking
> your opponent in strikes of opportunity, but was not the primary
> "business end."
to strike or jab.
> Japanese polearm work (with the exception of the Ono type weapons) tendI would argue that you would have had techniques change to match the
> to rely on the ability for the user to change position along the shaft
> quickly. One can either choke up on it or go to the end to get maximum
> reach or leverage, a dual ended sword does not fit this style.
weapon, so I would disagree that the style of use of weapons in general
would prohibit the creation of such a weapon. A better question is: Why?
What do you believe you gain from a blade on the other end? You don't
need a blade to strike your opponent, and I would think another blade
would be more dangerous to the user (after all, if one is pointed at your
opponent, make sure the other isn't pointed at you!).
> Some people may want to point out Jo-do and the staff/stick arts ofActually, even more so. Shindo Muso Ryu Jodo teaches a lot of techniques
> Japan for emphasizing why these weapons would be practical... They
> would not, simply because those arts as well rely on being able to use
> the full length of a staff both as a striking surface, and as a gripping
> surface. With these things in mind it is doubtful that the Japanese even
> produced a single prototype for you to track down.
(almost all, that I can think of) where one or both hands cover the ends
of the jo.
Also, Jodo, by all accounts I've read, was developed either extremely late
or post-period, as it is said to have been developed in response to
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