The Origin of Kung Fu

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The origin of Kung Fu started with Bodhidharma (pronounced “bo-dee-dar-ma”), an Indian monk who arrived in Shaolin, China during the 5th century. Bodhidharma meditated for 9 years in a cave at the top of Mount Songshan, next to the Shaolin monk monastery. After becoming enlightened, Bodhidharma descended back down to the monastery to teach his fellow monks what he had learned and encouraged physical activity through calisthenics as a way of training the body and mind. It is a 5 kilometer trek of stairs from the bottom to the top of Mount Songshan and Shaolin monks use this staircase as part of their physical and mental training, going up and down the stairs in various movements (e.g. walking, crouching, laying down etc.)

Clovis Point

Clovis-Point

The Clovis Point which is named after the site at which it was first discovered in New Mexico, United States of America, is the most well recognized and most frequently found spearhead left behind by early Homo sapiens. Clovis Points are found throughout North America which definitively demonstrates the existence of trade as far back as 10,000 years ago. The Clovis Point spear tip is a symmetrical fluted shape with sharp edged profiles on both sides. Flint rock was often used as it was easily acquired and readily shaped, but Chert was the most common rock used. Chert was used because it breaks with a razor sharp edge if struck properly with a piece of bone or rock

The Invention of Barbed Wire

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Barbed wire was invented during World War I and was designed to keep German troops from advancing their territory. Modern day barbed wire has 6” or more between each barb but during World War I, barbs were 1” – 2” apart, specifically designed to stop Germans soldiers from grabbing a piece and cutting into it. Razor wire, a similar yet different design, was also invented during World War I

Indian Brass Knuckles

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Most brass knuckle weapons around the world have a flat edge however in Mumbai, India, brass knuckle sets typically have a jagged point on each knuckle which acts as a small piercing weapon. The rationale of those who carry it is that it saves them the time of having to physically work out frequently in a gym to ensure their own safety but also because some who brandish it are not very tall or large in stature to begin with, which means that a modified weapon provides a substantial edge over one’s opponent who may be more physically domineering. Firearms are rarely seen or used by anyone involved in crime in India which is why pointed brass knuckles are so popular as it allows for multiple body shots delivered in rapid succession to inflict just enough damage to end a fight without serious harm being levied. Despite firearms not being particularly popular, knives are as both an assault and a defense weapon