Wma Training Weapons>

Discussion in 'Western Martial Arts' started by Louie, May 30, 2005.

  1. Louie

    Louie STUNT DAD Supporter

    Hi All...

    Thought it would be interesting to start a thread on the practice weapons of the different WMA stylists.... So feel free to post your pic!

    I've just bought this nice apple-wood cudgel to practice Irish stick-fighting (BATA) It's also possible to reverse the grip and use it for Scottish single-stick :D


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  2. Cudgel

    Cudgel The name says it all

    apple wood......I did no know that it cold be used for cudgels. Awesome. Sadly I no longer have acess to an apple tree.

    I would post my training weapon picvs but I dont have a digi cam.
  3. Louie

    Louie STUNT DAD Supporter


  4. kenpfrenger

    kenpfrenger sportin' a Broughton

    I have been using the same applewood bata as my main stick since I made it in 1997. Apple can be tricky but if you find a good pice then it is hard to beat. I think you will find it very good for you...nice looking stick btw.
  5. Louie

    Louie STUNT DAD Supporter


    Here's a pic of my Singlestick with it's wicker basket and it's leather equivelant which protects the sword hand. A peg is drilled into the base of the stick to stop the basket falling off.

    Traditionally the sticks were made of ash, this one is a more durable rattan.


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  6. Goju

    Goju Yellow Belt

    before I read that post I thought the idea was to swing the basket at your enemy rather than using it as a hand guard. :eek:
  7. Capt Ann

    Capt Ann Valued Member

    Here's a website for a company that has helped me greatly with the practice weapons they make (different types of swords): www.rsw.com.hk

    This Hong Kong-based company makes practice swords weighted and balanced to have the same heft and feel as a real sword, but with a multi-layer-over-core design, so that you can whack somebody without hacking/slicing/killing them. As opposed to typical 'padded swords', these sparring weapons have enough stiffness to allow blocking and parrying, as would happen in an actual sword-to-sword engagement. The company makes a slew of different type sparring weapons, including claymores, hand-and-a-halfs, and dozens more. We have two of their katanas at our school, so us westerners can practice our eastern MA sword art. Interestingly, the company was founded and is run by an easterner who is studying western MA.

    Search the website for video footage. You will find many sparring engagements recorded, including mixed engagements (claymore vs. katana, etc.).
  8. Louie

    Louie STUNT DAD Supporter


    Hi Goju

    If you have any Scottish-Canadian ancestors they will be turning in their grave :Angel:

    {A few people thought it was a extra long-handled collection basket for church services??}

    Louie :D
  9. Louie

    Louie STUNT DAD Supporter

    Country Club Cudgel

    I had two new 'weapons' arrive from ebay today....
    A old Ayrshire walking-stick (briar wood?) for practice partners to club me with...
    and this other item which was thrown in described as a 'country club cudgel'
    looks like an original version of the old Irish shillelagh :D


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  10. Ran Pleasant

    Ran Pleasant Valued Member

    Well I don't have any pictures to post but I thought I would post links to the different training weapons we use in The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts (ARMA).

    ARMA members use wasters (wooden swords) from the following vendors:

    Raven Studios
    New Stirling Arms
    Hollow Earth

    For sharp swords and blunt swords most ARMA member appear to like Albion Swords

    Many of us also use the Paul Chen Practical Knight and Hand & Half longsword blunds - sorry, no link. Not pretty swords, but low price and build like a tank.

    I also own a poleaxe waster from
    Chivalry Bookshelf
  11. blackpuma

    blackpuma New Member

    Wow... nice wasters!

    For a crude home-made waster, here is a how-to.

    I have one of those. I agree. Not pretty, but will take a beating and hold up well. I had to take some waxed cord for leatherword and sew the leather handle cover along the seam because the leather had worked loose from the glue.


    How do you like that? I've seen that, but didn't know how well it'd hold up.

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