has long been a major part of the JAPANESE MARTIAL TRADITIONS AND WAYS.
As a general WEAPONRY TYPE,..(click)
referred to as THE YARI.
This LONG-POLE or STICK upgrade is also an invaluable asset to your ARTS OF SELF-DEFENCE.
YARI …=… 槍
There has been much appreciation of the capabilities of THE SPEAR and it’s various forms. This acknowledgment is inclusion in the LEGENDS of old.
From JAPAN + ASIA to the shores of old SPARTAN soil…
and beyond- The SPEAR is known.
The HISTORY of JAPAN has included many MARTIAL HEROES. Several indeed were WARRIORS OF THE WAY OF THE SPEAR. As retold (click) in the ORIGIN LEGEND OF JAPAN too,.. THE SPEAR was even known by the Gods… and used by Divine Beings.
The following HERO is admittedly not divine.
Though he too, was a man of THE WAY.
A HERO AND HIS WAY.
Shiro sayeth,.. there are three indeed,.. 3
reasons for him being here afore a SPEAR of a SLIDE-SHOW:
1 = … HATTTORI HANZO… is his name.
2 = …see above + he used a SPEAR.!.
3 = …see above + above that + his SPEAR… is
THE HANZO SPEAR.
well… most of it anyway.!.
…indeed… 3 cheer s…
HATS off to HATTORI indeed.
The HANZO SPEAR,.. LIKE HATTORI is from the SENGOKU period… generally termed. 1450-1600 A.D. thereabouts.
Known as a SAMURAI and SHINOBI friend alike.
Helped save the life of IEYASU TOKUGAWA FIRST SHOGUN (click).
Helped too in setting the SHOGUN’s daughters free from castle confines. A Warrior with many diplomatic and tactical senses. He, his troops and many NINJA,.. kept and ensured guard during many of this SHOGUN + co‘s journeys thru lands torn by internal clan warring and strife.
The SPEAR’s extra reach, methods of displacement, movement and in particular; special sets of slip-thrust and palm-heel flick-push type techniques oft decimated attacking Swords-men.
Training would also involve such as the various and odd angular/oblique entry points targeting and techniques to cover most possibilities during combat.
Special SPEAR Techniques were also formulated to both protect against and attack the mounted Samurai Warrior too.
Developed over time and many MARTIAL actions and incidents. These had proven their worth in combat and many HEROES of the LEGENDS were well-versed in the application and handling of many varieties and oft suiting their choice of weaponry against the opponents with such advantages in mind.
In particular,.. THE STICK WAYS and the SPEAR oft had much cross-over and adaption of the others tech. that worked well in such situations.
Guess they got that point indeed.
HATTORI and his LEGEND are honored in such memorials as THE IMPERIAL PALACE HANZŌMON GATE,.. and the train route thru the suburbs of his home areas bear his name too.
His memorial remains are now interred in the SAINEN-JI TEMPLE COMPLEX;
along with his CEREMONIAL HELMET… (click)
and the remains of… HIS 14 ft. SPEAR.
Shiro suggests this be playing in the
(or this if training soon… click)
and foreground too perhaps, whilst you peruse,..
some 150+ SPEAR soaked pics in their very own: