I do have a minor question, Roninsensei.I think the wakizashi is a great choice.
Heck no I don't intend to die, and I will fight with whatever I have available, but I am also realistic. I'm pretty small for a grown up person and if someone wanted to kill me it probably won't be that hard no matter how much I fight.No offense intended, but why do you seem to have reconciled yourself to death in a violent encounter?
You should never give up your life....and if you're in a violent encounter and you believe you're going to die, then do your best to kill your attacker and take him to Hell with you as an honor guard.
Size is irrelevant.....or, rather, requires different tactics.Heck no I don't intend to die, and I will fight with whatever I have available, but I am also realistic. I'm pretty small for a grown up person and if someone wanted to kill me it probably won't be that hard no matter how much I fight.
I defer to your judgement.Meh not a fan of Christa and it has nothing to do with her being trans. It has to do with her TRYING to be controversial. Her ninjitsu is not that good and she sells ninjitsu when it just Ju Jutsu she intermingles samurai and ninja too much confusing the subjects even more. . I’ve trained in the Bujinkan and I happen too know that all of the 9 schools except 1 are jujutsu systems. The only ninjutsu art isn’t a fighting system but instead stealth and poisons and the like.. https://www.wayofninja.com/ninja-martial-arts-history/#.XSjSWcplChA Also there’s some pretty big controversy over her sokeship. Soke is a title inherited through blood or direct family line and is there for familial politics. You can’t be an outsider and a Soke. Her documents were clearly written by someone with out actual knowledge of how a Japanese would have used even common things like dates. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t sold this crap by someone else, just means she’s been made aware of these mistakes and continues with fingertips in her ears. This is a common mistake Americans make when faking martial arts backgrounds. You can be an inheritor of a martial discipline and have the proper teaching licenses however, none of this makes you a Soke. I have received 3 fake unsolicited sokeships from several martial arts “societies” all because I created my own martial art and someone I did a seminar for put in a good word, really it’s just an eclectic mix and mash of what has kept me alive in hostile situations but I digress, all of those Soke papers went into the round file. I made the mistake of allowing people to call me Soke (I prefer just Sensei) for about 3 years till I researched the term when prompted by a true Japanese expert. I now correct people if they use the term with me. Next tantojutsu is not a very good knife fighting system and is based on sabotaging an unprepared enemy. Regular knife fighting can work this way if you just suddenly attack someone with a knife. Lol. It had its historical purposes but, it doesn’t preform the same in real life. Most attacks were designed to find weak points in samurai armor. Something like kali or escrima is better for knife stuff. Also don’t forget the good old fashioned American Bowie fighters. Great stuff there.
Can you glean something from Christa? Yes
Are there better people to glean from? Yes
Did I go off on a bit of a tangent? Yes
None of my complaints about her are in regard too her being trans, however many say that I only feel this way because she is. Actually there are several other martial artists that I feel the same way about and they are all Non trans. Please don’t get me started on Steven Seagal.. lol
I ended up getting the Cold Steel Wakizashi Machete and it has served my purposes well. My little sister loves it probably as much as I do, maybe even more. I might get her one for her own in few years.Haha ok, I may get a little backlash myself here.
I love the Samurai and everything to do with it/them/the practice/the beliefs/the codes, everything from the Nodachi to the bokken and have years in practice with Katanas, wakizashi, tanto, me n the homies used to kendo shinai for fun.
Imma say this, those $60 katanas are wall hangers. I don’t care if they’re razor sharp, that’s all they’re good for. Actual folded battle ready katanas (etc) are in the hundreds to thousands of dollars depending on the metal and maker.
With this being said, they are fast and accurate depending on the user. Experience is a must. Practice is a must.
They are not choppers though.
They don’t fair well for chopping. Don’t believe me? Watch ‘Forged in fire: Knife or death’, they never make it past 1st round and I doubt they’re using amazon bought swords.
Personally, I want one of these and STILL would consider it a wall hanger unless it was my only option: