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cole parzenn



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 5:00 pm    Post subject: Video on Shashkas Reply with quote

This doesn't have much to do with Systema Training and Practice but I know it'll interest some people here. They're a great example of Russian engineering.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8339305234510333885
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Alex Basile



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PostPosted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very, very cool. Something that is faster on the draw attack than the katana is real interesting. How'd you find this video, anyway?
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cole parzenn



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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, Shashkas are a very cool weapon. As for being fast to draw and attack than a Katana, the Ninjatō's short length provided Ninjas a tactical advantage by being quicker to draw (very useful when you don't wear armor). Ninjas would point them strait at their opponents during pauses in the confrontation to keep the opponent from knowing the length of the sword. It's a million little things like that that got Ninjas their reputation.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pointing the tip toward is a good trick. The edge would work, too (because it's thin, it's hard for the sight to,"catch," and to tell how long the blade is). I'm real interested in some of those other tricks you were talking about. I know plenty about the ninja, but I actually never heard that one (I heard about it reading about Sayoc Kali.). Another good one is the khkuri. That can do the damage of a short sword, at the weight of a light tomahawk & the size of a large knife. It's got hooking ability, too. Real cool. It seems to take some practice to get it out of the sheath fast, though.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 15, 2011 11:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lots of cool ninja tricks...

Claw things were worn on their hands to climb walls and 'catch' blades, trick doors were built into their houses, various blinding agents were thrown into an opponents eyes for getaways, dark blue (not black) was worn to blend into the night, etc., etc..

Then they were hired to protect the feudal lords they had been picking off and they developed all sorts of new tricks.

What interests me is how one can learn to use a Shashka outside of the Ukraine/part of Russia that was the Ukraine at various times. Those things look seriously awesome.
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 16, 2011 12:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Offtopic, but jeweler lady looks like something I wouldn't like coming to my dreams.
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