Best thrown at an assailant if you have a giant dog to go with it.
Originally Posted by crappler
Just throw the dog.
Originally Posted by Vieux Normand
In Bujinkan, metsubishi. Which could be anything: coins, nails, talcum powder, etc.
The intention being to startle or befuddle your opponent. Not so much to injure, rather to "reset" the situation in the defender's favor, or withdraw.
The other was shuriken. Again, a loose translation. Certain ryu supposedly had their styles of shuriken. They could be cylindrical, flat, pointy, etc. More injury potential than metsubishi. Could be offensive as well. Also useful evening the odds, or again, to withdraw from the situation.
The deployment is not necessarily the overhand throw seen in movies. More horizontal, certainly with the teppan or flat plates. Bo shuriken, those resembling little rods or darts, more overhand.
I've carried all sorts of things at work. My current favorites are concrete nails and large ball bearings. There are two reasons: nails can be found at construction sites, and ball bearings at factories and garages. Innocuous, and not standing out as weapons per se.
Ball bearings, the diameter of a nickel or so, are quite annoying. The added bonus is that people can slip on them.
And before anyone screams "ninja", they are used by several koryu budo organizations. Samurai were known to use them, especially as duels became more common.
I carry around a pie full of live scorpions in case of assault by ne'er-do-wells.
American pie full of live scorpions would be interesting to see.
Originally Posted by Bayonet
From a distance.
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