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12/03/2003 12:16am,
Just curious??

12/03/2003 12:17am,
I had Heard it was Jui jitsu? is that right?

12/03/2003 12:45am,
Err ... no one really knows. Kenjutsu, Iado (I spelled that wrong) ... do you mean in hand-to-hand?

The Wastrel
12/03/2003 12:48am,
BJJ and Muay Thai.

12/03/2003 1:41am,

12/03/2003 1:45am,
Mud wrestling

12/03/2003 1:49am,
You are all wrong, they did Jung SuWon


12/03/2003 2:31am,
Ahh, as a samurai, you are expected to train in about 15 *skills*. I can't recall all 15 but it inculded something like

sword, archery, spear, horseriding, running, swimming, jujutu, bo

Remember, samurai were soldiers.

deus ex machina
12/03/2003 3:09am,
Go back to GameFAQs.com.

12/03/2003 3:11am,
The bushi/samurai trained in Ryu (such as the Tenshin Shodan Katori Shinto Ryu, one of the oldest, if not the oldest, historically verifiable Ryu), which can be thought of loosely as schools or martial traditions.

Each Ryu trained its members in its particular curriculum, which could be anywhere between a dozen or a hundred different disciplines, with each discipline corresponding to a different weapon or battlefield technique. Most all Ryu taught the 'basics,' which would include kenjutsu (sword art), bojutsu (staff art), bajutsu (horsemanship), iai-jutsu (sword drawing), etc., but some also trained their members in more esoteric disciplines as well, such as hojo-jutsu (cord-tying art - for securing prisoners), kusarigama-jutsu (sickle-and-chain art), suiei-jutsu (swimming art), etc.

Thus, the training a warrior received would really depend on which Ryu he belonged to and how respected he was within it. An indifferent or lazy warrior would probably not be taught the advanced disciplines.

12/03/2003 4:16am,
Originally posted by matzahbal
You are all wrong, they did Jung SuWon


holy ****! it's michael jackson DO!

12/03/2003 7:59am,
jdj, is right on the button.

Many of these ryu still exist to day, the TSKSR is a prime example as is the Kage ryu, the Nem ryu, the Shinkage ryu, the Yagyu Shinkage ( mine :) ), and there are even some "modern" versions such as the Takenouchi ryu.
By the way, the unarmed training was sometimes called "yawara" or even "tai-jutsu".
They even had an art called "kumi uchi" which taught how to grapple in armour.

12/03/2003 8:21am,
Whatever the samuri learnt MMA these days is probably just as good.As far as unarmed combat goes of coarse, for wepons thats another thing.

12/03/2003 8:26am,
Tha samurai were warriors and as such, they needed to be able to use ANY weapon and ANY fighting technique. Martial arts is the name given to ANY and ALL styles of combat, so the term Mixed Martial Art, really means nothing, but if you want to use it, then the samurai WERE Mixed Martial artists, since they trained in everything available to them.

12/03/2003 8:40am,
origami and haiku, i beleive

John A Butz
12/03/2003 9:55am,
Actually, the Ryu system is a phenomenon of the Tokugowa Shogunate, a 300 year long peace. During that time, the warriors who had survived battles had the luxury to codify the combative methods that they had used, and passed it on to the next generation. Many of the roots of the Ryu come from the earlier part of Japan's violent history, and grew into the systems we know today.

Most samurai were nothing more then beraucrats. They really couldn't fight that well, as they spent most of their time running the country(think of it in terms of America today- any grunt in the trenches could probly beat the snot out of the President, but the President is the overall military commander. Same difference).

The most common weapons used in the battlefields of Japan were the Spear and the bow, and later the flintlock and the arquebus. The concept of the super deadly sword-weilding samurai is pure romantic claptrap. Battlefield techniques were simple andeffective, and unarmed comabt really was a last ditch thing, as usually you had 2 or 3 backup weapons, as did your opponent. Some grappling did occur, usually designed to throw an armored man to the ground long enough to stab him in the armpit, groin or anus(seriously...the worlds nastiest enema) none of which were protected by armor.

The sword was not a common battlefield weapon.

Stephen Turnbull, Meik and Diane Skoss, Ellis Amder and Karl Friday have all written pretty good books on this subject. Look them up.