Hardwood Ebooks Catalog
STICK FIGHTING must surely be the oldest method of armed combat in the world, and in many ways it's still the most important. Ever since prehistoric times, people have used sticks for fighting because they're easy to learn and extremely effective. Descriptions and basreliefs of stick fencing have been found in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, including in the crypt of Kheruef, who lived during the 18th dynasty (1539 B.C.-1295 B.C.). The weapons used in those early sporting events were short staves and pieces of hardwood shaped like swords.
18.104.22.168.1 The Bo shall be made of hardwood, without tapered ends. The length shall be within one fist of the top of the competitors head. In addition a Bo may not be less than 3 4 diameter for competitors 10 years and younger and not less than 1 diameter for ages over 10 years. 22.214.171.124.1 TONFA must be entirely made of hardwood with a minimum length, when grasped by the handle, to reach the end of the competitor's elbow. Two TONFA are used in AAU KOBUDO competition. 126.96.36.199.1 EKU must be made of hardwood and have a length that shall be within one fist of the top of the competitors head when measured from the floor. In addition the EKU blade shall have a flat side and a rounded side, and the blade tip may not have a sharp point. 188.8.131.52.1 Two Kamas are used in AAU KOBUDO competitions. Kama handles are made of hardwood and the blades of unsharpened steel. No lanyards are permitted nor Kamas with holes in blades. 13.6.3 All wood on weapons must be hardwood (oak, teak, mahogany no...
The three-sectioned staff is a weapon first developed in China. The three-sectioned staff is actually made up of three equal pieces of hardwood ranging from two to three feet in length each. The pieces are connected by metal links or a cord two to five inches long. In combat this weapon can be used to attack not unlike a flail, with the free end of the staff striking the opponent. This weapon is also useful in trapping opponent's weapons between the sections of the staff.
Clubs and staves were doubtless the first weapons used by man other than his fists and teeth. These weapons can even be seen in use in the animal kingdom by apes. When particularly sturdy pieces of wood were chosen, then specially shaped to turn a simple stick into a sophisticated weapon is unknown, but this method of fighting is found in virtually every martial civilization in the world where hardwood exists in abundance. Prerequisite Weapon Focus (Staff) Style Maneuvers
Although clubs were undoubtedly the first weapons, they have never passed out of use in the history of mankind. The reason for this is clear. Although innocuous (appearing as a cane or walking stick) a hardwood club designed for combat is nearly as dangerous as a sword, especially in the hands of a trained wielder.
Old pieces of plywood are good as a backing for silhouettes, with light paper replacements stapled on the plywood backing when needed. A piece of plywood will take an incredible number of shots before it falls to pieces and it is not as susceptible to splitting or damp weather as is a solid piece of wood or cardboard. SURPRISE SILHOUETTE, OR BOBBING, TARGET (Cone.) Here the cord pulls the target down and the weight swings it up. Awning pulleys and cords make the best release devices, and plywood cutouts make durable silhouettes. (Illustrations are from The American Rifleman.) SURPRISE SILHOUETTE, OR BOBBING, TARGET (Cone.) Here the cord pulls the target down and the weight swings it up. Awning pulleys and cords make the best release devices, and plywood cutouts make durable silhouettes. (Illustrations are from The American Rifleman.)
For some people, martial-arts school conjures up images of wooden dummies and makiwara, racks of weapons, and walls covered in yin-yang symbols and pictures of the founder. Others imagine a dimly lit gym with battered heavy bags, weight benches, and dangling speed bags arranged around a ring or a cage. A martial-arts school might look like that . . . or an ordinary hardwood gym strewn with wrestling mats . . . or a shallow dirt pit . . . or a clearing in the woods A properly designed training environment with good equipment helps students hone their skills. It makes more challenging exercises possible and minimizes the likelihood of unpleasant consequences. The wrong environment can make practice impossible (try doing acrobatic kung fu moves in a tiny room) or painful (like a hardwood floor you're going to hit a hundred times while perfecting a technique).
(2) Placing targets inside of window openings gives the sniper experience engaging targets that can be found in an urban environment. This is done by cutting a 15-inch by 15-inch hole in the center of a 36-inch by 48-inch plywood board. Then an E-type silhouette is emplaced on a hit-kill mechanism 2 to 4 meters behind the plywood.
Bokken are wooden swords about the size of a katana. They arte essentially practice weapons, and potentially safer than a metal sword. Of course if you are hit by a fast moving three foot piece of solid wood - IT WILL HURT YOU Bokken are still weapons as much as a baseball bat could be used as a weapon.
The kama is a weapon originally developed in Okinawa. Nominally a rice harvesting implement, the kama became a dangerous weapon in the hands of the Okinawan martial artists. The kama consists of a hardwood handle with a short edged blade set perpendicularly to the handle. The kama can be used in combat either singly or in sets. In short range combat, the kama is particularly deadly, as it could be used to chop, block, hook, or slash an opponent.
(c) Softwoods (evergreens and conifers) will burn hot and fast with lots of smoke and spark, leaving little in the way of coals. Hardwoods (broad leaf trees) will burn slower with less smoke and leave a good bed of coals. (b) Drill. The drill should be a straight, seasoned hardwood stick about 1 2 to 3 4 of an inch in diameter and 8 to 12 inches in length. The top end is tapered to a blunt point to reduce friction generated in the socket. The bottom end is slightly rounded to fit snugly into the depression on the fireboard. (c) Socket. The socket is an easily grasped stone or piece of hardwood or bone with a slight depression on one side. Use it to hold the drill in place and to apply downward pressure.
Despite its flashy maneuvers and posturing, Anbo-Jyutsu is a viable martial art with a great deal of strength in one area the staff. Practitioners of this martial art are good at putting on shows, but are also good at winning fights, as long as a staff or rod is readily available (and many carry concealed hardwood dowel rods just in case ). Those that practice Anbo-Jyutsu never start fights (you might get dirty, after all) and would rather avoid them, but can defend themselves along with the best of
Striking force is generated near the end of each posture, and is a wave-like momentum developed by the practitioner's lower back, spine, and waist. The wrist and shoulder may add to this force, or be used to change the direction subtly if the stroke is used as a defence and followed by a thrusting action. Even without a metal spearhead, the shock of being struck by the end of a hardwood or waxwood staff is nothing that can be ignored.
The sticks are really very simple but can be made quite complex. They consist of two pieces of hardwood, usually between ten and twelve inches long, held together by a piece of string, leather, or a chain. Because the nunchaku are illegal to carry in many states, I suggest that you check with your local law enforcement agency before carrying them even to and from class.
The nunchaku is a unique weapon first developed in Okinawa. The nunchaku consists of two pieces of hardwood connected by a short rope. The length of each piece of wood ranges from twelve to fourteen inches. The connecting rope can be anywhere from one to five inches long. In combat the wielder of the nunchaku wraps the nunchaku around his body to generate high speeds and then strikes his opponent with blinding speed with the extreme end of one of the hardwood segments. The crushing force generated by this weapon is immense when applied with skill. Commonly, the nunchaku is used with both hands, but skilled practitioners can use the nunchaku with only one hand.
The Pi Chawa is made in two sections a cylindrical body 10 3 4 in length and a bell or horn in 5 1 2 long.It is made of hardwood or ivory or both. Along the body are seven finger holes. Four pieces of reed in double pairs are tied to a small metal tube. The end of the tube is inserted into the body of the instrument and wrapped with thread to make the connection sung. At rhis end of the tube there is also a small round convex piece of metal or coconut shell to support the performer's lips. The Glawng Khaek has a long cylindrical body which is made of hardwood and is 58 cm. (23 ) in length. The heads are of unequal size, the larger being 20 cm. (8 ) in diameter called Na rui (literally loose ) and the smaller 18 cm. (7 ) in diameter called Na tan ( outer head ). The two heads are made of calfskin or goatskin. Originally the two heads were tied down with cane or rattan which was split in half and tied apart, but now owing to the difficulty obtaining good rattan and cane, leather tongs...
A banana tree is not hardwood like most trees found in the USA. Banana trees have a softer, more plant-like trunk, which will give a little when kicked. Additionally, beginning Thai boxers would not start off by kicking a tree with full force, rather they would start kicking slowly without much power until the shins would eventually toughen to withstand the punishment. Trees are sometimes still used today for training. Thai boxers kick them with minimal power in order to improve speed and accuracy.
Wood Working 101
Have you ever wanted to begin woodworking at home? Woodworking can be a fun, yet dangerous experience if not performed properly. In The Art of Woodworking Beginners Guide, we will show you how to choose everything from saws to hand tools and how to use them properly to avoid ending up in the ER.