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From: York.GA@******.ca (York.GA@******.ca)
Subject: FW: [OT] He's baaaack! And this time with one for the martial ar
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 09:06:19 -0400
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From: York MCpl G@***** I&M@********
Sent: Thursday, 10, October, 2002 09:02 AM
To: shadowrn@*****
Subject: RE: [OT] He's baaaack! And this time with one for the martial
ar ts gurus amongst us...

>From: Rand Ratinac
> Do you know how many martial arts there are? And
>how many variants of each style?
There appear to be thousands of different styles out there, many are
variants of other styles. My experience covers Tai Kickboxing, Tae Kwon Do,
Shotokan Karate, Wu Shu Kung Fu and Aikido. Karate and Tae Kwon Do I found
very similar. They teach all the basic kicks and punches each with an
emphasis on one or the other. They are good styles if you are strong and
powerful. Weaker opponents in these styles require more skill to be
effective against opponents who are bigger and tougher. Tai Kickboxing is a
style not suited for the meek at heart. It teaches you to generate more
power in your kicks and punches and how to take the punishment that is
dished out. With the knee and elbow strikes it also teaches good close in
work. It would be ideally suited to a character that was strong but not
fast although they don't teach any multiple opponent stuff like karate and
tae kwon do.
>Locks aren't such a good
>thing, because I'm thinking of a situation where you'd
>be fighting multiple opponents (not necessarily all at
>once, but close enough together that you couldn't
>really afford to devote a lot of time to locking one
>opponent's fingers/wrist/arm etc.).
>Okay, these two are useful. A kick to the knee is
>fairly easy to figure out. The wrist lock on the other
>hand...know of any books that show this lock? And what
>three places can you break the arm in (and what would
>you have to do to break it)?

Aikido is ideally suited for the light fast fighter. It teaches locks and
throws and redirections both in single combat and multiple opponents. As
Steven Segal has shown in several movies, lock can be effective in multi
combats. When combined with redirections, you can use one opponent against
another. Any Aikido book or Jujitsu or judo book will show you how to apply
an arm lock. To break the arm from these locks you just have to follow
through on the pressure. Normally in Aikido you are taught to apply
pressure until it causes pain and submission. Causing permanent damage is
not usually the goal but can easily be achieved by going a step further.


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