Top 5 Least Practical Martial Arts Weapons You Know You Want
Every martial artist recognizes them instantly. They represent the obscure and the exotic. These downright impractical weapons would quite possibly do more harm than good in a real brawl, yet the urge to own such awesomeness is simply much too overpowering.
The martial arts enthusiast should have absolutely no shame in owning such weaponry. On the contrary, anyone who possesses such wild weaponry is one to be feared and respected. For one thing is certain, in the event that these weapons are used, even an inept martial artist will be able to reign an embarrassing amount of lethality upon his opponents.
This list is dedicated to the most exotic martial arts weapons out there. Continue reading to see which weapons of madness made this exclusive list.
The Weapons (In Descending Order):
The Chakra (or Chakram) is actually a very ancient weapon with roots that originate in ancient India. The word 'chakra' actually means 'circle' in Sanskrit. The first versions of this projectile disc were mad from either steel or lighter brass, which then heated and shaped to the popular ring shape and then sharpened.
When it came to throwing these lethal Frisbee's, there were two common methods. The first involved throwing them vertically (on edge), and hoping that the sharpened disc would greet an enemy soldier shortly thereafter. The second technique, known in the Indian martial arts as Tajani, would involve actually spinning the disc around one's finger until finally releasing it with a flick of the wrist, where it would greet an enemy soldier shortly thereafter. How they were thrown was actually not as important as that second part (greeting the enemy, etc).
So why does this weapon make the list? Well, throwing weapons in general are generally considered impractical to an extent, if only for two reasons: A) It takes skill to hit something from a distance with anything, especially if it's moving, and B) If you miss (or even if you don't), you are now weaponless. The chakram makes the list mostly because of how darn conspicuous it is. Just look at it! There's no way you could hide this thing and not look like a criminal.
Like the Chakram, these are difficult-to-master projectile weapons that will leave you high and dry once you've exhausted your supply. Unlike the Chakram, these things have no ancient history or back-story to them whatsoever.
Things aren't so bad for metal throwing cards though. They're typically cut from a heavier steel that can be sharpened to a pretty good edge. Plus, as long as you hit your target along the edge of these, you can pretty much guarantee a stick. These have corners remember?
Otherwise known as 'The Wolverine fan-boys weapon of choice', the X-claw Triple Blade Dagger is more than worthy of a spot on the Least Practical/Most Wanted list. At first glance it would seem that a pair of these in the hands of the right person would make sushi out of any nefarious trouble-makers. But let's look at this a little more closely.
First, you'll have to place yourself in very proximity to your attacker to land any kind of strike with these. Second, you're pretty much limited to thrusting and slashing attacks, and your ability to grip anything (other than the blades themselves) is just about non-existent. Not so good for the fighting.
Wolverine has the luxury of having his blades attached directly to his skeletal system. You must make do with your very non-super-human-like ability to hold things with your hands. Unless you are a mutant. In which case, this writer would like some of your DNA, please and thank you!
The quintessential martial arts weapon, the Chinese Hook Swords are about as showy as Chinese weapons get. Almost every surface of the hook sword is designed to either cut or stab, while the hooks at the top of each sword are ideal for tripping an opponent or catching a weapon. Still not exotic enough for you? How about the ability to link the two swords together at their hooks, effectively doubling the attack length of this sword while simultaneously causing any attackers to run away squealing.
Awesome? Without a doubt. So where's the rub? The inability to transport these easily (trying to just sit down with these strapped to your back becomes nearly impossible) is one reason these fall under 'Impractical'. Need another? How about the probability that anybody less than properly trained in the use of these will just end up tripping themselves with one of the swords and slicing their throat with the other.
Nothing is more deserving of the 'Impractically Awesome' title more than the Razor Chain Whip. Not just any weapon carries the chance to dismember yourself and along with anybody in a 6-foot radius from a single swing. Look at this thing! Nobody in their right mind would mess with someone carrying this thing. Then again, anyone carrying this thing around in public would probably have half the police force, a S.W.A.T. team, and Batman looking to take them down.
Yet, despite all risks involved, just looking at this thing makes me want to start swinging it about in a careless manner. With so many other self-defense options out there, having something this insane on one's wall makes absolutely little-to-no sense. But do I let that stop me? Absolutely not.
We hope you had fun looking over some of the items on the list. Maybe we even swayed you into picking one of these up for you or a friend? If you like our article, don't forget to give it a 'Like', a '+1', or whatever else you feel. Oh, and if you think of anything that should have been on this list, or even have ideas for another list, leave a comment below letting us know your thoughts. As always, we love to hear from you!
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