Kyokushin Karate

Martial Arts Style Masutatsu Oyama is the creator of Kyokushin Karate. Born in Korea in 1923, Oyama began to study the martial arts at the age of nine. As the Second World War approached, Oyama moved to Japan and trained to become a pilot. While doing so he continued his study of the martial arts, studying Karate under the tutelage of Gichin Funakoshi, the founder of Shotokan Karate (see the Shotokan Karate entry for more information). Following WWII Oyama trained in Goju-ryu Karate under So...

Shotokan Karate

Martial Arts Style When Okinawa was conquered by Japan in the 17th century, all manufacture and importation of weapons was forbidden. This led to both the use of innocuous farm implements as weapons (Kobujutsu, which can be found in Blood and Fists) and the clandestine study of Chinese unarmed fighting methods. This rudimentary martial arts style was called te, which means simply hand. This name was chosen because it was so common and innocuous, allowing discussion without drawing undue...

Ashiko

The Ashiko were worn on the feet by Ninja, both as a climbing aid and as a weapon if needed. These items grant a +1 bonus to the character's Climb skill when worn but impose a -1 penalty on Stealth checks. Advanced Qualities The +1 damage listed for the weapon adds to the character's unarmed strike damage when making kick attacks and the character's unarmed strike damage is considered lethal when making kick attacks.

Kajukenbo

Martial Arts Style In 1947 five martial arts masters met in Oahu, Hawaii to create the ultimate combat martial art. The goal was to be able to survive any streetfight or combat situation against an armed or unarmed opponent. The five masters were Adriano Emperado, a master of Escrima and Kenpo, Peter Y. Y. Choo, a master of tang soo do, Frank Ordonez, a master of Jujutsu, and Clarence Chang, a master of Kung Fu. After synthesizing techniques for over two years these masters created a martial...

Chi Kung

Martial Arts Style Chi Kung is both a martial art of self-defense and a fundamental tool of Chinese Medicine. As a martial discipline it stresses use of the whole body and a powerful Ki to overcome attacks and heal the self. As a tool of healing, the practitioner learns the anatomy and how to focus his Ki to aid in healing. Acupuncturists have both learned Chi Kung (as a means of better knowing what nerve centers to penetrate to promote healing and the development of their Ki) and prescribed...

Burmese Boxing

Burmese Boxing is virtually antithetical to Bando. While Bando teaches use of its techniques in self-defense and favors long range attacks from outside the opponent's reach, Burmese Boxing is a hard-nosed offensive style that favors close-in fighting and grappling techniques. While there are no weight-classes, Burmese Boxing does have age categories based on the amount of time a practitioner has competed and the number of matches won. Burmese Boxing matches are fought in four rounds. Rounds one...

Aikido

Martial Arts Style Aikido's founder, Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969), was affectionately called O Sensei (Great Teacher) by the teachers and students who follow his teachings. Ueshiba trained extensively in martial arts as a youth, mastering Jujutsu, Kenjutsu (Sword Fighting), and Sojutsu (Spear Fighting), and was an instructor at Japanese military academies. Ueshiba claimed Aikido came to him in a vision in 1925 when he was 42 years old. Using this new style, Ueshiba defeated a military officer in...

Shitoryu Karate

See the history of Shotokan for an early history of karate. After Gichin Funakoshi's demonstrations of his Shotokan style of Karate in Japan, interest and study of Karate had exploded. In 1930, Kenwa Mabuni, who had been a student under the same master as Funakoshi as a young man, was invited to Osaka to teach his style of Karate, known as Shito-Ryu, Shito containing one letter of each of Mabuni's teachers and ryu meaning school. Like Shotokan, Shito-Ryu places a heavy emphasis on kata, the...

Games Of Deceit And Death

In this campaign theme, the character is inducted into the spy game, probably because of her martial arts abilities. The Hero may be asked to infiltrate an illegal competition especially a Death Match competition , or she may be recruited because she is a living weapon and can succeed at an assassination or abduction in a situation where no weapons can be smuggled close to the target. Narrators seeking inspiration for this campaign theme can watch Enter the Dragon yeah, I know, but there is a...

Krav Maga

Martial Arts Style Krav Maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld, who was born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, a rough and tumble Jewish ghetto, where his father, Samuel, taught self-defense techniques and was a highly decorated police inspector. One of the lessons Samuel taught to his students and his policemen was the importance of proper moral conduct. As Czechoslovakia became increasingly hostile for Jews in the 30's, Imi was involved in numerous streetfights against fascist gangs that taught him...