Axelgear wrote:To make a person suffer, all you have to do is focus on the joints. The fingers, the elbow, the knee, the groin, the stomach... All these points are the vulnerable spots.
Dalton wrote:Take the biggest guy in the world, shatter his knee and he'll drop like a stone.
Axelgear wrote:Also, something odd occured to me: Martial arts seemed to try and preserve their opponent as much as they do the person trained in them. When was the last time you heard of a martial art that involved training on how to gouge eyes or to sever fingers?
MikeVanPelt wrote:You're thinking tornament martial arts.
Actual serious fighting martial arts, yes, gouged eyes, broken bones, shattered joints, serious permanent mamining, and death, are all part of the package.
Axelgear wrote:This is also true, but even so, I repeat that the tactics remain the same. An example is that regimented soldiers in Ancient China were trained to use swords to stab and parry, but only very well trained Rebels ever managed to utilize it for somewhat more unconventional techniques such as slitting their opponents achilles tendons so he couldn't run and they'd just leave them there, either to be killed when they doubled back or just to bleed to death. It seems to me things like that are so bloody and brutal that they just don't appear...
Breaking a bone is one thing but trying to make your attacker bleed to death from a quick wound is a totally different, far more lethal strategy that I have never seen.
But please, if you can provide resources on such martial arts, inform me so I may know for future reference.
nick012000 wrote:Bushido is Japanese, not Chinese. It's the Samurai's equivalent to the Medieval European code of Chivalry.
Bushido (武士道, Bushidō?), meaning "way of the warrior", is a Japanese code of conduct and a way of life, loosely analogous to the European concept of chivalry. Bushido developed between the 11th to 14th centuries as set forth by numerous translated documents dating from the 12th to 16th centuries (as mentioned below). According to the Japanese dictionary Shogakukan Kokugo Daijiten, "Bushido is defined as a unique philosophy (ronri) that spread through the warrior class from the Muromachi (chusei) period."
The core tenets of Bushido date from as early as the 12th century as demonstrated by the earliest translations of Japanese literature and warrior house codes. Under the Tokugawa Shogunate, Bushido became formalized into Japanese Feudal Law.
Inazo Nitobe, in his book Bushido: The Soul of Japan, described it in this way. "...Bushido, then, is the code of moral principles which the samurai were required or instructed to observe... More frequently it is a code unuttered and unwritten... It was an organic growth of decades and centuries of military career."
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