Martial Arts Companion

Harmimau Pentjak-Silat Basic Martial Arts Style 30 style points Description The uneven and slippery ground found in the region of Sumatra has had a great influence on the development of this martial art. The Harimau or tiger fighter considers an upright posture during combat as ineffective it is easily to lose one's balance on the slippery ground. The stylist prefers to get close to the ground. In some cases the stylist hugs the ground, using his legs, arms, and his back, side, or belly for...

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Momentum and speed generated by each other to overwhelm the defenses of an opponent. The almost rhythmic nature of the timing of the strikes leads to the name of Two Instruments to describe this boxing style. Despite the very aggressive foundation behind the striking techniques used in this style, it remains an internal style that focuses on the use inner energy to provide power behind the blows. A skilled adept of this art can generate an exhausting array of attacks without seeming winded...

Martial arts challenger i

The martial arts challenger is a character who lives and breathes in the martial arts world. He strives to prove himself the most skilled and powerful practitioner of his style of martial arts. By defeating all of the other martial artists in the area, he seeks to improve his reputation and the reputation of his chosen martial arts. Often the martial arts challenger seeks to build his reputation in order to open his own martial arts school. I am known as the outstanding youth in this district....

Asian Martial Arts

This is a brief discussion of the history of Asian martial arts. The great Songshan Shaolin Temple and monastery at the foot of the Songshan Mountains of Central China is the place where Chinese martial arts are believed to have taken root. Although there exists scholarly doubt about the accuracy of this legend, it is widespread among the martial arts community. It is believed that an Indian monk by the name of Bodhidharma arrived to teach the Chinese a new approach to Buddhism that involved...

And Malaysian Martial Arts

The region of Indonesia and Malaysia is home to many different types of combat systems. For example, Indonesia's three thousand islands are spread across three thousand miles of ocean encompassing many different kinds of weapon systems - from the Batak of Sumatra's expertise with the blowpipe to the Sea Dayaks of Boreno use of the mandau long knife . The kris is considered to be the national weapon of both Indonesia and Malaysia. It is a double-edged dagger a length of 12 to 16 inches. The...

Historical Martial Arts

A martial art is an individual fighting style that is systematized and defined in a formal manner. Martial arts require long practice and rigid self-discipline to master. With this discipline comes the mental focus and accuracy necessary for success. Examples of martial arts can be found throughout history and legend from David's smiting of Goliath with his sling to the accounts of ancient Chinese fighting masters. The skills and techniques employed in martial arts are different from those used...

Martial Arts Styles

The slow rhythmic beating of the drum began as the two masters bowed to each other from opposite sides of the rough dirt ring. Arrayed in a semi-circle behind their masters, their students held banners and signs proclaiming the strength and power of their schools. One master was a slender young man in a white robe embroidered with wading and flying cranes. I later learned his name was Chu Ho and that he was the youngest man to be awarded the rank of master of the Imperial Tiger style in over...

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Tetsubo Drills

Tetsubo-jutsu Iron Staff Basic Weapon Style 30 style points Description The tetsubo was a solid iron bar used in much the same manner as a staff. The tetsubo was of varying lengths and shapes. It often had a circular or hexagonal cross-section. The bar would taper from one end to the narrower handle. This weapon required immense physical strength to wield properly and could be dangerous to the wielder if not treated with respect. The art of tetsubo-jutsu concentrated on using and maintaining...