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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian technique with a sword
«In some respects it is the most ancient system of swordplay in the world»
Cold Steel, and Indian Swordsmanship, Journal of the United Service Institution of India, 1899 Read more
Military techniques (battlefield skills) and schools of martial arts
The analysis of the available sources, written at the time of the described events or around that time, helps to reveal an interesting pattern. In the time of active war operations with short truce periods on the scale of the universal history we can speak only about the existence of military skills and traditions, that kept them up.