Hello everyone Recently I've been looking into polearm martial arts. This is because of three reasons. For an acting part in a video short I want to able to look at least somewhat competent with a weapon in my hands, and I don't think just choreographing and editing will do the trick. There's no distinct requirement when it comes to the culture of the martial art, but the character itself is a mix of turkish, arabic and spanish. Secondly I recreationally partake in reënactment and life action roleplaying events, and I'd really love to be able to apply some actual technique in the combat that takes place there, despite it being fake, and a bit clumsy because of the foam weapons. Lastly, after looking up videos and reading up, I've actually started to take up a genuine interest in the martial art itself. It's something I'd be willing to pour a lot of time into, not only for the requirement of the role, or the convenience of being able to apply it to play-fighting, but for the personal development it can offer me, both physically and mentally. And obviously, it seems like a lot of fun! Now here come my questions: What types of polearm/spear martial arts are there? I've seen things like bojutsu and sojutsu, but there's loads of different styles with different names from different cultures, and categorizing them has been rather difficult, which makes it hard to determine what is best for me. That last part I could use some help with as well. Considering I'm an absolute beginner to any kind of martial art, and I'm looking to use an ottoman spear, what would be my best bet when it comes to all the different kinds of martial arts? Finally, whats the best way to train? I was going to start with basic instructional videos, but maybe there are schools for this type of martial arts specifically? I've heard of karate dojos teaching polearms from time to time, but so far not exclusively. I hope you guys can help me out. Thanks in advance!