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Handcrafted Weapons for Self Defense

As a grower of bamboo, we have now launched a range of self defense products, which are delicately handcrafted, yet strategically brutal weapons.

Some of the Bamboo Species at our farm are almost solid, thereby facilitating making of walking and hiking canes.

Dendrocalamus Membranaceous and Strictus are some of the nearly solid bamboo species.

 

Walking or Hiking Canes, besides being a prop, are a formidable weapon too.

History of Stick Fighting

Stick-fighting, is a class of martial arts which employs blunt bamboo 'sticks' for fighting; such as a staff, cane, walking stick or a baton.

Stick-fights are an important part of the anthropological heritage of various cultures, such as the Surma and  Nyangatom tribes of Ethopia/Africa. Traditional European systems are mentioned in numerous manuscripts written by masters-at-arms, but have somehow become became extinct.  Portugal's jogo do pau, the related juego del palo of the Canary Islands, France's canne de combat or la canne, and Italy's scherma di bastone are some examples.

Giuseppe Cerri's 1854 manual Trattato teorico e pratico della scherma di bastone is influenced by masters of the Italian school of swordsmanship, Achille Marozzo and perhaps Francesco Alfieri.
The French system of la canne is still practised as a competitive sport. A self-defense adaptation of la canne developed by Swiss master-at-arms Pierre Vigny in the early 1900s has been revived as part of the curriculum of bartitsu.

Nivkh people from Sakhalin used long sticks called z'ar t'ar for sacralized ritual fighting.

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Kendo is a Japanese martial art, having probably descended from swordsmanship (kenjutsu). It uses bamboo swords . The introduction of bamboo practice swords is attributed to Naganuma Shirōzaemon Kunisato during the Shotoku Era (1711–1715).

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Bamboo Agroforestry

As a farmer, I have been studying the prospects of bamboo as a plantation crop ( agro-forestry), to substitute Poplars and Eucalyptus. Few bottle-necks exist, for bamboo agro-forestry systems to be successful in India.

To my mind, bamboo can be a very lucrative plantation crop, PROVIDED that

  • Farmers are educated with the technical skills- both, for growing and primary processing.
  • Primary Processing and some value addition is done at the farm- by the farmer himself. In other words, the farmer has to evolve into an agro-entrepreneur. Necessary knowledge-systems, infrastructure and Capital Expenditure would be required by the farmer, for the said evolution.
  • Market linkages are established between the growers and the processors and a cluster model is developed (see below).
  • Good planting material is made available. Different genotypes of bamboo have different mechanical properties. Thus, choice of planting material, has to be market oriented, besides its suitability to the local agro-climate. Thus Bambusa Balcooa is a good choice where fiber and pulp industries exist. Likewise, Bambusa Nutans is more suitable for the handicraft industry. A self sufficient cluster model, where the raw material is grown in the vicinity of the industry consuming it- would go a long way in promoting the bamboo agro-forestry system.
  • Bamboo is de-classified as Forest produce and it is allowed to be transported, un-hindered, without any interference from the forest department.
  • Market oriented novel applications for bamboo need to be explored and related processing capabilities/facilities developed.

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