Hi, I'm an italian matial art lover. I must warn you that I'm sorry for my english. Anyway I hope You understend my messages I write here to talk to You about a defense art I do in Italy that is just unknown out of our little circle. We fight using two kind of wood sticks, with knifes and with naked hands. The origins of our art is medieval. I spend all day in an IT department and two days a week I drive 60Km for stick combat trainig on night near Genova. This art is not yet diffused in Italy, too ...I hope talking here will promote it's spread. We are 10-15 people in the group, but I'm not the only fighter that must drive for a lot of miles to practice our sport, so some times we are few and we feel like a family. Every year someone leave and someone come to start this experience. We don't use body protecions. Our Master teaches step by step and incidents are not frequents. Sometimes they appen but we don't cry for a stick hit on a finger Our mission is to learn and teach this art in the same way we'd do in medieval times. If You think it may be interesting, please visit our web site. We are upgrading it, but a translation in english (beta version ) is just present. http://bastonegenovese.gipoco.com Thank You, GiPOCO.