Marti M Arts Companion

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) the tremendous force generated by swinging the staff while attacking.

The drawback to this weapon was that its immense weight could be a liability to the wielder if faced with a quicker opponent. The wielder had to swing his weapon very rapidly to prevent quicker opponents from taking advantage of openings in his defense. See Section 16.3 for more information on the development of Japanese martial arts.

Recommended Skills—Tetsubo weapon skill, Adrenal Strength

Weapon Style Abilities [Core]—Tetsubo melee attack [5 points]; +10 bonus to Adrenal Strength maneuvers [10 points]; Reduce tetsubo fumble range by 3 (to the minimum fumble range of 01-02) [15 points] »

Tessen-jutsu (Iron Fan) Basic Weapon Style [20 style points] Description—This weapon style specialized in the use of the fan as a weapon. In feudal Japanese society, the fan was considered part of the dress and equipment of the professional warrior. In some social situations, a warrior might be required to leave his swords with his host, but with a fan (tessen) carried in his sash he was never totally unarmed. If need required it, the warrior could defend himself with his tessen from attackers. In actuality, the fan referred to by this weapon style only appeared to be the classical fragile fan; in fact, the actual fan used by practitioners of this weapon style was different. The tessen came in two types. The first type only appeared tc be a fan, as it could not be opened. The second type coulc be opened. In both cases, iron was used to construct the tessen to give it the strength and durability it needed tc survive combat. The solid (or unopenable) tessen was the more popular type to use since it had greater strength.

In combat the tessen was used in much the sams manner as a short stick. It was used to block incominj attacks and retaliate with poking attacks against vita points. The wielder of this style carefully selectec sashikata (or the proper way of wearing the tessen) t< have it instantly available if need arose. Training with th< tessen involved learning how to block attacks (uke) parry incoming attacks (nagashi), striking (uchi), an< thrusting (tsuki). However, the tessen was primaril; viewed as a defensive weapon, for use only when thi warrior's true weapons were not available.

Almost one hundred different traditions formalize« the use of the tessen in combat in feudal Japan. For mori information on the historical development of the Japa nese martial arts, see Section 2.4. Recommended Skills—Tessen weapon skill, Quickdrav Weapon Style Abilities [Core]—Tessen (Iron Fan) mele attack [5 points]; +1 bonus to initiative [5 points]; +li bonus to Quickdraw maneuvers [10 points]

8.3.2 • EUROPEAN WEAPON STYLES

European cultures did not develop fighting systems to a high a degree as Asian cultures. As a result, the style point ranges for European weapon styles may be reduced fror the original ranges given for the skills in Section 8.1 Though European weapon styles are more highly devel oped than their European martial arts styles, they still fa below the average level of sophistication of Eastern weapo fighting systems.

Optional Rule [Core]: When designing European weapon styles, Basic Weapon Styles range from 0 to 25 style points and Advanced Weapon Styles range from 26 to 45 style points.

Classic Fencing Advanced Weapon Style [35 style points] Description—Many fencing schools arose in Italy, France, and Spain to teach the effective use of the blade. While different fencing styles did exist during the golden age of fencing, they also shared many traits. The common stance for single rapier fencing is to present only the weapon arm and side of your body to your opponent to limit his targets for attack. The use of the point, rather than the edge is also emphasized. Fencing emphasizes straight-line attacks with the target being the face or stomach of the opponent. The later fencing techniques introduced the lunge, a quick strike made by extending the arm as the lead foot extends out and bends to attack your opponent from a greater range. Unlike Olympic fencing, combat fencing is a much more cautious affair. The true winner is he who strikes without being hit in return, not just he who strikes first without regard for personal safety. See Section 2.7 for more on the development of European martial arts. Recommended Skills—Rapier weapon attack, Feinting, Disarm Foe (1H Weapons) Weapon Style Abilities [Core]—Lesser Adrenal Defense [10 points]; Rapier melee attack [5 points]; +2 to Initiative rolls [10 points]; +10 OB Bonus to Feint [5 points]; +10 OB Bonus to Disarm Foe (1H Edged) [5 points]

Italian Fencing 11

(with Dagger or Cloak) section 83

Basic Weapon Style [20 style points] Sample

Description—Many fencing schools arose in Europe to Weapon teach the effective use of the blade. Some of the first Styles fencing schools were opened in Italy. Common with Italian fencing masters was the teaching of techniques for using a secondary object in the off-hand to parry attacks. When fencing with a dagger in the off-hand, the dagger was used as a defensive weapon to parry the thrusting attacks of the opponent rather than an additional offensive attack as might be first thought. In fact, the object carried in the off-hand was not always a dagger, in some cases a cloak or buckler was used instead. The reasoning behind this teaching was direct and simple. The blade had the longest reach and as such should be used for attacking the opponent. It was considered unwise to maneuver close enough to your opponent to thrust a dagger into his ribs when you could do the same from a much greater range with the blade. The use of these items in combat was to parry incoming attacks so that the blade would be free to attack in turn. Fighting cloaks were made out of stiff material and were smaller than normal cloaks of the period. The cape was be sturdy enough to withstand the abuse of being cut or thrust with a rapier. Typically the cape was held either by the collar or at one edge close to the hem. The cloak could be used offensively to entangle a blade or twirled or flicked at your opponent to confuse them. The bucklers were likewise very small shields that were primarily used defensively though a wielder could punch a foe with a buckler. See Section 2.7 for more on the development of European martial arts. Recommended Skills—Rapier weapon skill, Feinting,

Disarm Foe (1H Weapons) Weapon Style Abilities [Core]—Rapier melee attack [5 points]; Defensive ward (using a dagger or a cloak to parry incoming attacks) [10 points]; +1 to initiative [5 points]

Part II

Sections 9.0,9.1,9.2

Martial Arts Styles

Overview

Creating a Martial Arts Style

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