- Feb 3, 2005
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- Huber Heights, OH
So you don't actually have any source for your conclusions on how native americans fought. I base my conclusions about how they fought upon first hand accounts, first person recounts, and oral histories. I came across most of them during my research on period Bowie and period Tomahawk technique and use. Most accounts give next to no information that is useful. However, accounts of native american combat which do include any sort of useful information will occasionally include words like, "punching and kicking." Most accounts of single-combat or dueling among or with native americans include accounts of grappling, wrestling, and "death grips." and may sometimes also include phrases such as "punching and kicking." Based upon these accounts and the well documented evolution of armed melee combat in other places, I have concluded that native american combat probably had a preference for using melee and ranged personal weapons but included strong elements of grappling, and sometimes included "punching and kicking" as supplements to the weapon work.
Perhaps you've made an unjustified assumption. You assume that the hand wasn't designed ("evolved," whatever) for punching, but, well, apparently some really smart Dr.s think maybe it was. Here are a couple of articles discussing the study.To be honest, I was told this by one of my karate teachers, and his question to me was, why is something that is so hard to do well, so, common? I came up with, entertainment, and it seems a less dangerous way of stabbing (or jabbing) which is sort of a sexual thing, but who knows? The bottom line is that, punching occurred a lot less through human history than you have been led to believe. It is more likely you babied your hands, so that you might still hold a weapon.
Evolved Fists or the Best Weapons at Hand? - Retort
The evolution of the hand: Making a fist of it | The Economist
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