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The Sai

The sai is a weapon that has gained popularity in recent years because of its beauty in weapons kata and because of its practicality and effectiveness as a weapon of the martial arts. The sai was originally used to plant rice and is still in use in some parts of the world today.
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THE NUNCHAKU

Perhaps the most popular, purely martial arts weapon today are the nunchaku, and the reasons are numerous. Extremely effective and powerful, the nunchaku do not require great strength or skill to master. They are lightning fast and beautiful to watch, and so powerful that they allow the user to devastate several unarmed men at once. Therefore, they are illegal in many states, and will be in many more as they fall into the hands of unscrupulous users who employ them to hurt and kill other men instead of using them to practice the martial arts.
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The Bo

The bo is an excellent weapon but one of the more impractical ones because of its size. It is a piece of hard wood about six feet in length, and therefore cannot be easily concealed or carried in a car or on your person. Still, it has remained a favorite karate weapon for years because of its versatility and beauty when used in the hands of a master.
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The Staff

The staff is called by many names, the baton, the jo, the night stick, the bat, but all refer to a stick of wood that is approximately two to three feet in length. It is a very common weapon of defense and is carried by most of the police in the world because of its effectiveness.
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The TONFA

The tonfa is often referred to as the "rice grinder" because that was the original purpose for which the stick was devised. The tonfa is still used today to grind rice in many parts of the world. It is composed of a hard piece of wood, usually white oak, and measures about seven- teen inches in length. The handle is approximately four and one-half inches, and the entire weapon weighs about one and one-half pounds. It can be used singly or doubly as a weapon both for self-defense and for attack.
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The Yawara
The yawara is one of the forgotten weapons of karate but is one of the most effective and easy-to-use weapons available today. It consists of a hard piece of wood, usually white oak, that is from eight to six inches in length. The ends can be pointed but usually are blunted. The yawara is often found with eight sides for added control, but a rounded yawara is equally effective.
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The Knife
The knife is probably the most common weapon in the world today, because it also serves as a tool for eating and work. It has been used by men from ancient times for defense and attack and still remains the favorite weapon of defense today.
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History of Tae Kwon do
The earliest records of Martial Arts practice date back to about 50 B.C. It was then known as Tae Kyon. Evidence that martial arts were being practiced at that time can be foundin tombs where wall-paintings show two men in a fighting stance. At that time there were three kingdoms: 1. Koguryo (37 B.C. - 668A.D.) 2. Paekje (18 B.C.- 600 A.D.) 3. Silla (57 B.C. - 936A.D.)
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Palm Heel Strike
Hold the arm very straight and lock the elbow (to give one a greater striking force than using a bent elbow). Bend the wrist straight back, and curl the fingers slightly. The base of the palm forms the contact area for this strike.
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Roundhouse Kick with instep
First, the knee would be drawn straight up in a chamberlike position. Then, the knee is rotated so that it is nearly parallel to the ground and the kicking hip is simultaneously rotated towards the opponent.
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Middle body front kick
The first step is to bring the knee of the striking leg up above the navel. Then kick forward, striking the apponent's stomach or solar plexus. Be sure to keep the toes bent back to avoid injury.
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Side kicks

First, you transfer your weight to the supporting leg, keeping the hips steady and the knees slightly bent. Then pull up the kicking foot to a position just in front of the knee of the supporting leg.
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Aikido:
Martial art that seeks to resolve conflict through peaceful means.

Arnis/Escrima/Kali:
The Filipino martial arts (FMA) emphasize learning weapons first--then empty-hand skills.

Bando:
Includes striking, kicking, and grappling, with an emphasis on mimicking animal fighting methods.
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