Dealing with Weapons: A Critical Aspect of Martial Arts Training

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The truth about weapons

One very popular aspect of self-defence training would be the ability to deal with weapons. While learning such tactics is popular among would be students, the truth is most of their impressions about weapons are based on what they have seen in the movies. While it might seem easy to disarm a knife or a gun in a film, that is because the scene is choreographed. In other words, it is not real. There are certain factors that must be understood about dealing with weapons. These factors would be you will be at an enormous disadvantage when dealing with weapons. Attempts to engage an assailant that has a knife or a gun can lead to being severely injured or even killed. Therefore, a more judicious approach to dealing with the weapons must be used.

Movie style weapons

Weapons –  types of predator

First, you must understand there are two types of predators that will try to use a weapon. These would be the resource predator and the process predator. The resource predator. wants something from you. The process predator. is someone that is interested purely in committing acts of violence.

Dealing with the resource predator generally means you are dealing with a thief or someone that wants property. While a violent person, the resource predator may only be interested in using a threat to get what he wants. In other words, he may draw a knife or a gun, but he is only interested in, say, your money. Once you hand over the money, he will leave knowing the longer he stays where he is, he runs the risk of being caught or getting into a confrontation. When you can diffuse the situation by giving him what he wants, you increase your chances of survival. Trying to engage him likely will cause the situation to get worse.

Weapons and the resource predator

The resource predator is a far more dangerous animal. Worse yet, you may have no other option other than fighting him even if he has a gun or a knife. The resource predator is the rapist and the murderer. He will try to kidnap a victim, move the person to a new crime scene or tie others up. Obviously, you cannot allow this to happen. Escape is certainly the better option, but if you cannot escape you have to fight. Improperly fighting an armed assailant is not going to end well.

Therefore, you have to train with someone that does really understand what is required to engage a weapon. There are realistic and serious ways of doing this and these tactics are taught by those martial arts instructors that are highly skilled at what they do. Look for a legitimate personal defence instructor when wishing to learn about the weapons defence aspect of martial sciences.

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The Study of the Weapons of Antiquity Still Has Value in the Modern World

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Old school weapons in our modern world

You could thank the Kill Bill movies for reinvigorating the study of weapons in the martial arts. In particular, Samurai sword training has become popular. In recent years, the Game of Thrones television series has raised interest in learning about the western sword and weapon arts. While many take up such study, most assume this is solely for fun and personal enjoyment instead of any actual real practical application.

The truth here is there are quite a number of modern applications drawn from weapons training.

Weapons training has a bit more use than many realize. By weapons training, it is meant the student studies some of the older weapons fighting methods from antiquity. It does not refer to the use of the modern knife as an offensive tool. There might be some very old systems of weapons fighting that have been lost mostly to the ages. In the modern world, people do not know the proper way swords work. Barring Olympic fencing, knowledge about weapons training is limited to those who learned the intricacies of older weapons via the traditional martial arts.

Is the study of these older weapons solely for entertainment and personal education purposes? To a degree, there are those that just enjoy weapons training because it is something different and unique to do. So be it. Let them enjoy their training!

Others will simply take on weapons training because, well, you do have to move a lot and this means calories are burned. Also, the constant movement of the upper limbs contributes to muscle development in the arms and shoulders. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with that. DVDs have been released promoting workouts based on weapons systems and the content of the material is almost exclusively rooted in a unique means of getting toned. Again, there is nothing wrong with that.

The true beauty of training with older weapons is, however, there are a lot of unique empty hand applications that come from weapons training. Bareknuckle boxing, karate and systems of Chinese martial arts can trace their origins to the old weapons systems of previous generations. Investing a little time in learning these older systems can lead to unlocking a number of empty hand secrets that may have been lost to time. Upon learning some of these older techniques, the modern application of these moves begins to make much more sense.

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