Hatchets?

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  1. stonewall1350

    stonewall1350 Blue Belt

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    Just curious if anyone here has trained FMA with hatchets. Do you think it is viable? No? Girlfriend's brother wants to learn something to teach him how to use a hatchet. He just likes them (always picks the dwarf/battle axe in games and so on). I've seen a few videos but just curious about personal views at this point.


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    Well there are several tribal hatchets in the Philippines. Particularly known is the Igorot head hunting axe. Certain arts have this within their curriculum so it is already there.
     
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    Nice. I would find it hard to imagine that it wouldn't be. Hatchets are pretty universal as a tool. Vikings, native Americans, Egyptians, and on and on. They were everywhere. It is one of the most basic human tools.


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    Some of the Chinese systems use hand axes as well, but that kind of thing would be taught later in the system. I doubt a sifu would be willing to teach that to a new person who just walked in and asked for it.

    Personally, I took some Chinese butterfly sword material and started doing it with tomahawks. I found that it translated pretty cleanly. I had asked sifu if he knew any axe material, he said no, but I should try it with the butterfly sword, it was his suggestion.
     
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    Tomahawks make for a great adaption of FMA material. It combines the impact nature of the stick, the cutting edge of a blade, and the hooking qualities of a reverse grip knife. You can go a lot of places to show how your base material expands into a not standard FMA weapon.
     

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