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Jul 2nd, 2014 at 4:25pm
 
Anyone here knows how to handle/fight with a tonfa? I got me an Eurotonfa - type TR-24/59. I always wanted to have one, it seems like a perfect weapon to have near your bed. I've already learned some tricks with it. I think it's my new favourite martial art weapon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1e5Uh4Y4HTc

I love its simplicity. Just like a sling. It's a shame I am not allowed to carry it on the streets.  Cheesy
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Reply #1 - Jul 2nd, 2014 at 5:24pm
 
these look like they would be really good weapons too-
http://www.martialartsmart.com/17-31.html
I might forge one...
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Reply #2 - Jul 2nd, 2014 at 10:48pm
 
SquirrelS - post some pictures with your new camera phone if you do.
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Reply #3 - Jul 2nd, 2014 at 11:09pm
 
If I can figure out how to get the pictures from phone to computer I will be posting the Leather covered balaric tutorial.
If I do forge one I will find some way of pictures- might use a webcam.
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Reply #4 - Jul 3rd, 2014 at 6:45am
 
okay a nightstick.

Guess they could be fun Smiley
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Reply #5 - Jul 3rd, 2014 at 9:28am
 
I messed around with them a bit a couple years ago. However, it was mostly just a phase I went though. There are plenty of instructional videos out there if you are interested. I believe it IS definitely cooler than a regular Kali stick and the style of use is different, however in the end it is just a BFT weapon. It is neat to see guys that really know what they are doing with them. I think the one hand approach (like what they guy in the video or police would do) is a little more practical so you can use the other hand for empty hand strikes, grabbing, drawing a firearm, etc.

Any kind of laws or legislation against it are moronic. It is essentially just a stick and only does as much damage as a baseball bat, hammer, 2x4, or a heavy branch. They should start banning trees too because they can be a source of such violent weapons.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, unfortunately you still have to follow them even if there is no logic behind them, make sure you know the laws well so you can pursue your interest in primitive weapons as fervently as possible without breaking the law.

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Reply #6 - Jul 3rd, 2014 at 10:19am
 
The extent of my knowledge on tonfas (which is considerable) was gained as a young boy playing Double Dragon.  They were excellent weapons against Abobo so I don't see why they wouldn't work well in real life.
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Reply #7 - Jul 3rd, 2014 at 11:10am
 
What's a BFT weapon?
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Reply #8 - Jul 3rd, 2014 at 5:53pm
 
Dan wrote on Jul 3rd, 2014 at 9:28am:
Any kind of laws or legislation against it are moronic. It is essentially just a stick and only does as much damage as a baseball bat, hammer, 2x4, or a heavy branch. They should start banning trees too because they can be a source of such violent weapons.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, unfortunately you still have to follow them even if there is no logic behind them, make sure you know the laws well so you can pursue your interest in primitive weapons as fervently as possible without breaking the law.


ya know, many people don't consider wooden bows effective weapons.... even though they come from trees.
also I dislike laws regarding such things- they are not exactly effective as far as shootings go- note more gun laws make it easier for the shooter- no armed opposition until cops get there.
that is as far as I will go.

I took an old knife(that I didn't like) that I made from a file that wound up a bit on the soft side. it didn't hold an edge too well. about 12" overall length, with about 7 1/2 inches of blade. roughly 30 degree edge angle with a rather pointy end.

so I drilled two holes about where the guard would be, and mounted it on a stick. it looks downright evil and is amazingly good at penetrating thin steel or wood...
I imagine it would be an extremely effective weapon.
It will most likely be my anti-zombie weapon...
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Reply #9 - Jul 5th, 2014 at 9:46pm
 
squirrelslinger wrote on Jul 2nd, 2014 at 11:09pm:
If I can figure out how to get the pictures from phone to computer I will be posting the Leather covered balaric tutorial.
If I do forge one I will find some way of pictures- might use a webcam.


Odd you can't figure out how to get pictures from your phone to your computer to show your work. I mean, according to your posts you're like a master bowyer, blacksmith, weaver and craftsman extraordinaire. Transfering pictudres should almost be a no-brainer.
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Reply #10 - Jul 6th, 2014 at 12:09am
 
yea.
but try to connect a android that is one of the very first generation to a fully updated Ubuntu laptop. Surprisingly hard, as there is no support whatsoever AND they use different filesystems.
On top of that, the phone doesn't have internet and the wifi has been broken(it is my dad's old phone), and I don't have the data transfer cable, only an HDMI cable for it(that does charge it).
I have other pictures too that are pretty important that need to be uploaded and emailed to people Pikaru, and I don't think I have claimed ANY of those "crowns" you mentioned.

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Reply #11 - Jul 7th, 2014 at 11:24am
 
I think it was the movie "Black Dalia" that had a wonderfully choreographed use of this weapon. I had never understood why so many police batons had the sidehandle until I saw that. I was impressed. By my thought then, as now, is that you'd have to invest a serious amount of time to use it to its potential. And in the hands of most people (cops included) a simple straight stick will be equally effective and easier to carry. Especially with collapsible batons that cops seem to carry these days.
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Reply #12 - Jul 7th, 2014 at 8:39pm
 
For a while, they were very popular in police work.  They didn't call them "tonfa", of course.... Scary martial arts weapons and all.... Instead, "side-handle baton".

There were whole systems developed around the things...Involving complicated locks and such that looked great on paper but no one seemed to be able to do on the street.
They were a royal PITA to carry....
Long since displaced by the modern collapsible baton.

I recall an episode of "T J Hooker" (may have been the only one I ever watched... Dreadful show) where old Bill went up against a guy with a knife using his baton.... While a bunch of his fellow officers looked on.
Maybe one of the silliest scenes ever shot.....
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