Saturday, December 10, 2005

Exerts From -Tactical Weaponry- and -The Way of the Warrior-

Here are two exerts of matial arts/ military/ medieval tactics. ive loved ancient weaponry and military tactics for eons so i up this goes. -A

The Benefit of the Two Characters reading "Strategy" There is a time and a place for use of weapons. The best use of the companion sword is in a confined space, or when you are engaged closely with an opponent. The long sword can be used effectively in all situations. The halberd is inferior to the spear on the battlefield. With the spear you can take the initiative; the halberd is defensive. In the hands of one of two men of equal ability, the spear gives a little extra strength. Spear and halberd both have their uses, but neither is very beneficial in confined spaces. They cannot be used for taking a prisoner. They are essentially weapons for the field. Anyway, if you learn "indoor" techniques, you will think narrowly and forget the true Way. Thus you will have difficulty in actual encounters. The bow is tactically strong at the commencement of battle, especially battles on a moor, as it is possible to shoot quickly from among the spearmen. However, it is unsatisfactory in sieges, or when the enemy is more than forty yards away. For this reason there are nowadays few traditional schools of archery. There is little use for this kind of skill. From inside fortifications, the gun has no equal among weapons. It is the supreme weapon on the field before the ranks clash, but once swords are crossed the gun becomes useless. One of the virtues of the bow is that you can see the arrows in flight and correct your aim accordingly, whereas gunshot cannot be seen. You must appreciate the importance of this. Just as a horse must have endurance and no defects, so it is with weapons. Horses should walk strongly, and swords and companion swords should cut strongly. Spears and halberds must stand up to heavy use: bows and guns must be sturdy. Weapons should be hardy rather than decorative.You should not have a favorite weapon. To become over-familiar with one weapon is as much a fault as not knowing it sufficiently well. You should not copy others, but use weapons which you can handly properly. It is bad for commanders and troopers to have likes and dislikes. These are things you must learn thoroughly.

In order to become a individual of wisdom, one must become a WARRIOR, not a whimpering child. One must struggle through life without giving up, without complaint, without fear, and without hesitating. One learns to be a warrior by acting, not talking. Especially when one is in a threatening situation. To be a warrior, an individual has to be, first of all {and rightfully so} intensly aware of their own death. But to be concerned with death would force any of us to focus on the self, and that would be debilitating. So the next thing one needs, to be a warrior, is detachment. The idea of inevitable death, instead of becoming an obsession, becomes an indifference. Only the idea of death makes an individual sufficiently detached so they are incapable of abandoning themselves to anything {friends,family,possessions,etc}. Only the idea of death makes an individual sufficiently detached so they can't deny themself anything. They know their death is stalking them and won't give them time to cling to anything, so they try, without craving all of everything. A detached individual has only one thing to back themself with - the power of their decision. They have to be the master of their choices. They must fully understand that their choice is their responsibility, and once they make it, there is then no longer time for regrets of recriminations or doubts. Their decisions are final, simply because their death does not permit them time to cling to anything. A warrior does not abandon themself to anything, not even to their death. Nor do they lust for money,sex,power, or status {image}. A warrior is not an easily made partner; a warrior is not available to one's wants, and if they involve themselves with something, you can be sure that they are aware of what they are doing, for they have studied very long hours/days/weeks/months/years about the subject at hand. For a warrior, there is nothing out of control. Life, for a warrior, is an exercise in strategy, an execution of actions. The spirit of a warrior is not lived for sympathy,bragging, indulging or complaining, nor is it lived toward winning or losing. The spirit of a warrior is lived only to struggle and suffer, and every struggle is a warrior's last battle on earth. Thus the outcome matters very little to them. In their last battle on earth, a warrior lets their spirit and mind flow free and clear. He/She wages their battles knowing that they will be flawless, an excellance at execution. A warrior then laughs at death. It would be very difficult to kill a Warrior.

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