throwing-star

anonymous asked:

Show me the ways of Spones oh mighty one

*cracks knuckles*

Here we go. 

Spock is the mind of the triumvirate, that much is a given. What many people don’t realize however, is that Spock is also the uncertainty. He is not fully sure of his place in the universe, or if the decisions he’s making are the right ones. (Goodness gracious, Beyond in it’s entirety proved that). He is locked in a constant battle between his two personalities, and hasn’t quite figured out how to balance them. He is the definition of ‘more beneath the surface’

Bones is the heart of the triumvirate, that much is a given. What many people don’t realize however, is that Bones is also the anchor. He knows what he’s doing, and even come off as stubborn and aggressive at times. He’s known to try to define people in two-dimensional terms, because hes a black and white type of person.

Bones grounds Spock. Helps him find his way by making him question his beliefs, by making him pick a side. 

Spock opens Bones’ eyes. Teaches him that there’s more out there than what he sees, and shows him the way to find it. 

They complete each other. 

Happy things
1) Went on my longest bike ride so far! I’m still hesitant on a bike and I second guess a lot, but Chris is super patient with me and I’m confident I’ll get it soon!
2) it was a pretty productive day, groceries were bought and food prepped, and that always makes the work week go a little easier
3) I got to nap!!! I flipping love Sunday afternoon naps.

Things I’m looking forward to- tomorrow morning I get to help make pancakes for a home for mentally disabled adults! We go a few times a year and I love it! Tomorrow is their Christmas in July celebration and we’re gonna kick it off right!!

Friday we are having a shuriken seminar at the dojo! I get to learn the proper way to throw knives, spikes, and throwing stars! This ought to be very interesting since I can’t even throw a frisbee…

Does the grace, elegance, and rigor of martial arts incite a more extreme violence? Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku contemplates the Ninja Star on the Design and Violence blog. 

[Ninja Star, various designs. Documented from the 11th century AD. Photograph by Daniel McMahon, 2010. Image courtesy of Daniel McMahon and Flickr]

shuriken (Japanese 手裏剣; literally: “sword hidden in the hand”) is a traditional Japanese concealed weapon that was generally used for throwing, and sometimes stabbing or slashing. They are sharpened hand-held blades made from a variety of everyday items such as needles, nails, and knives, as well as coins, washers, and other flat plates of metal.

Shuriken are commonly known in the West as “throwing stars” or “ninja stars” though they took many different shapes and designs during the time they were used. The major varieties of shuriken are the bō shuriken (棒手裏剣, stick shuriken) and the hira shuriken (平手裏剣, flat shuriken) or shaken (車剣, also read as kurumaken, wheel shuriken).

Shuriken were mainly a supplemental weapon to the more commonly used sword or other various weapons in a samurai warrior’s arsenal, though they often played a pivotal tactical role in battle. The art of wielding the shuriken is known as shurikenjutsu, and was mainly taught as a minor part of the martial arts curriculum of many famous schools, such as Yagyū Shinkage-ryū, Tenshin Shōden Katori Shintō-ryū, Ittō-ryū, Kukishin-ryū and Togakure-ryū.

Bo-shuriken are throwing weapons consisting of a straight, iron or steel spike, usually four-sided but sometimes round or octagonal in shape. They are usually single-pointed, but some have points on both sides. The length of bo-shuriken ranges from 12 to 21 cm (5–812 in) and the average weight was from 35 to 150grams (1.2–5.4 ounces).

The bo-shuriken is thrown in a number of ways, such as overhead, underarm, sideways and rearwards, but in each case, the throw involved the blade sliding out of the hand through the fingers in a smooth, controlled flight. This is not to be confused with the kunai, which is a thrusting and stabbing implement that is sometimes thrown.

The major forms of throw are the jiki da-ho (direct hit method), and the han-ten da-ho (turning hit method). These two forms are technically different, in that the former does not allow the blade to spin before it hits the target, while the latter requires that the blade spin before it hits the target.

Bo-shuriken were constructed from a wide variety of everyday items, and thus there are many shapes and sizes. Some derive their name from the materials they were fashioned from, such as kugi-gata (nail form), hari-gata (needle form) and tantō-gata (knife form); others are named after the object to which they appear similar, such as hoko-gata (spear form), matsuba-gata (pine-needle form) while others were simply named after the object that was thrown, such askankyuto (piercing tool form), kunai-gata (utility tool form), or teppan (plate metal) and biao (pin).

Other items were also thrown as in the fashion of bo-shuriken, such as kogai (ornamental hairpin), kogata (utility knife) and hashi (chopsticks), although these items were not associated with any particular school of shurikenjutsu, rather they were more likely just thrown at opportune moments by a skilled practitioner who was skilled in a particular method or school.

The origins of the bo-shuriken in Japan are still unclear despite continuing research in this area. This is partly because shurikenjutsu is a secretive art, and also to the fact that throughout early Japanese history there were actually many independent innovators of the skill of throwing long, thin objects. The earliest known mention of a school teaching shurikenjutsu is Ganritsu Ryu, prevalent during the 17th century. This school utilized a long thin implement with a bulbous head, thought to be derived from the arrow. Existing examples of blades used by this school appear to exhibit a mixture of an arrow’s shape with that of a needle traditionally used in Japanese leatherwork and armor manufacture.

There are also earlier mentions in written records, such as the Osaka Gunki (大阪軍記, the military records of Osaka), of the standard knife and short sword being thrown in battle, and Miyamoto Musashiis said to have won a duel by throwing his short sword at his opponent, killing him.

Hira-shuriken are constructed from thin, flat plates of metal derived from a variety of sources including hishi-gane (coins), kugi-nuki (carpentry tools), spools, andsenban (nail removers), and generally resemble popular conceptions of shuriken.

They often have a hole in the center and possess a fairly thin blade sharpened only at the tip. The holes derive from their source in items that had holes – old coins, washers, and nail-removing tools. This proved convenient for the shuriken user, as well, as the weapons could be strung on a string or dowel in the belt for transport, and the hole also had aerodynamic and weighting effects that aided the flight of the blade after it was thrown.

There is a wide variety of forms of hira-shuriken and they are now usually identified by the number of points the blades possess. As with bo-shuriken, the various shapes of hira-shuriken were usually representative of a particular school (ryū) or region that preferred the use of such shapes, and it is therefore possible to identify the school by the type of blade used. Contrary to popular belief, shuriken were not primarily intended as a killing weapon, but rather as a secondary weapon that sometimes played a role supportive to a main weapon, usually the sword or spear. Shuriken were primarily used to cause either nuisance or distraction. Targets were primarily the eyes, face, hands, or the feet, the areas most exposed under armor. The shuriken would sometimes be thrown in a way that cuts the opponent and become lost, later causing the opponent to believe that they were cut by an invisible swordsman.

Shuriken, especially hira-shuriken, were also used in other novel ways—they might be embedded in the ground, injuring those who stepped on them (similar to a caltrop or tetsubishi), wrapped in fuse to be lit and thrown to cause fire, or wrapped in a cloth soaked in poison and lit to cover an area with a cloud of poisonous smoke. They can also be used as a handheld striking weapon in close combat.

There are reports of shuriken being coated with poison intended either for a throwing target or for whoever may pick them up when left in a conspicuous place. Other reports indicate that shuriken may have been buried in dirt or animal feces and allowed to harbor the bacterium Clostridium tetani—if the point penetrated a victim deeply enough, the bacteria transferred into the wound could cause a then-incurable tetanus infection.

Shuriken are a simple weapon, but their historical value, thanks to their wide variety of uses and the ready availability of material from which they could be made, has increased. Unlike the treasured katana and other bladed weapons, antique shuriken are not often well preserved, largely due to their original status as expendable weapons

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The best gifts for someone with a love of weaponized martial arts:

You’ve just been told that you have to give a speech to the investors in five minutes. All you have are your wits, your keen senses, your deadly martial reflexes, a set of throwing stars, five smoke bombs, and the disapproving ghost of your dead sensei muttering in the background.