Weapons of War: Human Universal Weapon System

Weapons of War: Human Universal Weapon System

Such an auspicious title. Here we’re going to look at a couple of things relating to H2H and the various melee weapons humans have devised to make the work of slaughtering enemies on the battlefield not only easier, but also cleaner.

First off, let’s drop the erroneous assumption that the naked ape is defenseless or weaponless. Humanity has achieved food pyramid dominance not because of weapons or even inherent abilities, but because anything can become a weapon when used by humans and if that doesn’t work, humans will make something out of nothing to serve as a weapon. Since humans couldn’t grow fangs or claws, and being cut by such animals or bitten by them could have dramatically negative (and unclean) consequences, it was time to find a way to kill animals without being endangered: hence the revolutionary concept of traps, spears to hold the enemy at bay, and using stone edges to make the spears penetrate deep to damage internal organs. Just something about the strength required to stab some big predator of an animal in the chest with a wooden spear and it just won’t die, requiring many numbers or much muscular force to keep it at bay. Suffice it to say, humans have always been thinking about the easiest way to get a job done with the maximum efficiency of sweat to results.

That being said, it’s intuitive for people to understand that a knife or a club or some long metal object, can cause more harm than the soft fleshy hands and bodyparts of a human. Here comes the revolutionary concept of H2H or martial arts training and research to counter act that weakness. Once humans realized that killing animals is pretty safe with a bow and arrow, backed up by cannons, grenades, fire pots, fire arrows, dogs, horses, and crossbows, humans began to feel bored. There was nothing “new” to hunting any more. But then comes the idea that the realm of human vs human violence and killing… has yet to be explored. From the first time someone realized that taking a rock to someone’s head a few dozen times will kill them and end their existence, to the time someone realized it was easier to kill a human armed with a spear using a gun at 100 meters than it was to kill that spear user with skill or numbers, humans came upon something exciting and increasingly necessary for self-survival of community and family: martial arts research and development. Like any technological or engineering project, such things require research. Research requires practice, time, manpower, resources, and a way to test it in the field. China and Indian has historically been known as the capitals and masters of hand to hand martial arts (kung fu) because gunpowder didn’t become popular there until the Europeans pushed it across the world. So thousands of years passed while people still fought with primarily muscle powered weapons. You power the sword with your muscles. The stronger your muscles and the greater your stamina, the more times you can “fire” your weapon. Early firearms were weak and couldn’t be reloaded very fast (1 min, 3 minutes, well that’s a lot of time for the sword or mace or arrow to fire), so they weren’t really popular except as morale shock surprises. Later of course… human ingenuity realized it was a lot more fun to fire, not only semi-automatic, but automatically via the minigun, chaingun, and automatic rifle. Just let it all out.

But before humans realized the deadly crazy fun of firearms, was the technically proficient striker, grappler, and thrower. Serving as armed guards or mercenaries in various wars and conflicts, Chinese and Indian mercenaries soon realized that there were some tricks and techniques which just “worked”. And they worked really well. So these got passed along and experimented with, until eventually Wu-Shu developed in China: integrating various martial arts and art of war theories and practices into a single philosophical context and standard. Now people could study Wu-Shu and find Wu-Shu instructors and develop their Wu-Shu skills, regardless of whether they were a general that had to win wars or be decapitated, or a mercenary guard that just needed to know this trick to disarming a foe and decapitating them really really fast. With wars across the continent and plenty of silver and gold to be passed around for people well versed in the killing arts, there was a lot of time to “develop” and “research” H2H combat. The Age of Warring States, and the time period of Sun Tzu (or Wu’s part of Wu-Shu), was around 500 BC. So if you count the milleniums between then and when China modernized for firearms use and product… that’s a long time. It’s not uncommon to find family lineages still intact from the Chinese interior or the Taiwanese exile survivors of Mao’s Chinese cultural purges, to still hold the “ancient arts” and knowledge. So a funny thing happened in the modern era. The Western world had forgotten melee martial arts and focused almost exclusively on firearms and range weapons: the farther away the better. As with anyone that focuses too much on range and firearms, their melee and H2H skills began to suffer. Then came the modernization and industrialization of Asia (Japan and China mostly), which resulted in cross cultural exchanges: amongst those exchanges were H2H skills and martial arts lineages.

So now martial arts can integrate every known weapon or system used by man. Here comes the innovative ideas. There are generally 3 fields in H2H: striking, joint manipulation, and throwing. Boxing and muay thai and karate can be said to be specialists in striking, because that’s what they mostly do in beginning training. They try to hit things with their hands. Not very complicated. Then there is joint manipulation, which is basically applying leverage and rotation force in a joint. Ju Jutsu, aikido, and BJJ are known to be specialists in this area. Then there is throwing, which is simply taking someone who weighs a lot more than you, displacing their base and replacing it with your own, and then using your base to throw them into the ground: judo is known for this as well as Ju Jutsu/jiu jitsu. But people may be thinking, how does this integrate all the weapons known to man, what happened to firearms, bombs, and other stuff like that? Well, those are basically the same thing as the foundations, except developed using technology to apply the methods. It’s not hard to understand when you look at it as the same thing, just used differently.

Let’s take a bullet as a case show. It does damage by penetrating and rotating to cause damage to the human body. Well, what does a fist strike do except penetrate through the target and effect impact damage to injure internal organs? What is a joint manipulation except an application of rotational force into the internal bone and ligament structure of a human body to cause damage and breakage? Those are the similarities. The difference is only in intent and natural limitations. The human hand cannot move as fast as a bullet. The human hand is not as hard as lead or iron. Considering such limitations, however, H2H knowledge is more than enough to replicate the effects of a bullet, on the human body, using the human body only. There are also differences of intent, where a person does not want to hurt the target, and so will pull back. A bullet, however… doesn’t usually do that. Probably cause a bullet doesn’t really care about you, you see. So a bullet fired from a gun using gun powder is guaranteed to have the required intent to harm. That is why firearms are easy to use. When a human does not necessarily have enough intent to use H2H to harm, they can still have just enough intent to pull the trigger. That’s all you need in firearms. And the early ones didn’t even require aiming.

Striking, joint locks, and throwing also have core principles in common. Striking can use linear force or rotational force. Joint can be broken instantly by a linear strike at the joint or slowly forced to lock and destroy itself with slow rotational force application. Throwing is pretty simple: you are using the Planet to strike the person’s head and body. Yes, you heard right, the Planet. The planet is on your side: Gaia is your weapon. However heavy the planet is, is how heavy he is going to get hit by it. The higher the target is and the faster he falls, the harder the planet will crush him. So this isn’t complicated at all. What makes people think martial arts or H2H is complicated is all those fancy techniques which are hybrids or complicated mechanisms like some Swiss clock’s gear work. Oh, a wheel that turns, very simple. 20 wheels turning with each other…. well that seems too hard for people to understand. A lot of martial arts techniques are hybrids. They utilize striking, joint locks, and throwing all together in a pot luck of mish mash goodness. This is called “skill”. Because someone skilled obviously knows the smiliarities between striking, joint locks, and throwing.

Now that we have seen H2H and firearms put together, let’s look at how melee weapons fit into this universal human weapon system. There’s basically two kinds of melee weapons: cutting blades and impact weapons. The ones that use both, are hybrids. A bow is basically a blade thrown into the target. A sword is a blade that cuts at the target using the force of muscles and body momentum. A mace is an impact device. A long quarterstaff is an impact tool. A spear is both an impact tool as well as a blade. The blade just makes it easier for the impact to have more… impact on a person’s body. It’s much better for a thrust to go all the way through a person and hit the internal organs, and then erupt out the back like some reverse alien prototype, than it is to have the staff hit the person and knock him back. Both will hurt, yes, but the first one is a lot more lethal. Humans always looking for the easy way.

One of the unique things that a melee weapon can provide is an ability that humans cannot utilize naturally. The ability to punch a hole through a person’s body, for example, is impossible just using one’s fist or fingers. The ability to cut the skin and make a person bleed out (exsanguinate) is impossible unless you use a sharp object: your fingernails aren’t going to cut it. However, this doesn’t change anything fundamental. Just as a bullet still uses penetrates and rotates to cause damage, the same is true for the use of H2H melee weapons. A dagger is basically a fist with a blade on it. All the techniques that use H2H striking, just got more effective with that blade there. Nothing really changed. We’ll leave it at that, since anything more would require specialized knowledge.

So if you keep this in mind when training in martial arts or firearms, it’ll make it easier to integrate and achieve the highest levels of skill possible. Humans are the original weapon due to the human brain and everything else are just accessories: upgrades and attachments put on to make things more effective and efficient.

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