General principles

18.05.2014

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The purpose of the present section is to explain the main training methods and demonstrate how to reach practical benefits and effectiveness by studying of the weapon handling basic skills. Many detailed explanations were gained during the learning process in Rajasthan, some extra knowledge and skills I discovered directly during the practice, and the other is my personal opinion.

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Basic technique of movements

18.05.2014

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Basic technique of movements

There is a technique known in North India as “pentra” in the basis of the method of movements. The role of pentra in this direction is that it is not a separate exercise, but the basic principle of movement with armed hands, which is always presented while being in motion.

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Spear

18.05.2014

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Spear

Within this direction the spear is primarily interesting not in itself, but as a trainer for fixing movement skill in pentra. Despite the fact that there are elements for exercises on horseback in the working technique with a spear, the basic principles are in correspondence with the handling the heavy spear by the foot soldiers. It is possible to visualize this type of weapon by its comparison with the size and balance of “scoop” shovel with a stalk of not less than 4 cm in diameter and up to 180 cm in length.

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Staff

14.12.2014

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Stuff Manmal

Like all Indian practices, proficiency in fighting with staff implies its usage while being surrounded by enemies. It causes the necessity for mastering the skill of free moving in any direction while spinning the weapon arbitrarily as well. Herewith it is necessary to mention two details. Spinning of the staff doesn’t depend on the direction of moving or direction of the turns of the trainee corpus.

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Tulwar

14.12.2014

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Tulwar

After training with the staff, it is hard enough to use Indian saber in any other manner which is different from traditional. The design of Tulwar handle by itself eliminates any errors perfectly because it forcibly fixes hand.

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Daggers

20.03.2015

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Daggers

Despite the fact that exercises with daggers have been mentioned in sources since the beginning of the 18th century, practices did not have the independent martial value and were part of wrestling. Nevertheless, the practice with daggers still exists and is used for the same purposes as the others – to acquire stepping and moving skills.

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Pata

09.04.2015

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Pata

The Pata, a straight sword with a gauntlet integrated as a handguard and with a transverse grip, is the unique for use and the most difficult for learning among Indian weapons.

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Shield

15.12.2015

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The shield was an integral part of Indian weapons culture due to the wide spread of missile weapons up to the 19th century. Even in times of domination on the battlefield firearms, the Indians, armed with swords, continued to use the shield.
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