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We have gotten quite off subject. So I am quoting my OP so people can easier reply.
Some have found this question confusing. Basically it asks, if there was a war and you were fighting, list what skills you have that you would use [If you have any] and then separately list what skills you would want to learn in preparation.


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War is at your doorstep. You've prepared, so what are your skills?
Be comprehensive.

[You can list skills you actually have [specify] or skills you would learn.]


My weaponry and skills are very real so I do not have to make any up.

My body; I am a practitioner of Kito ryu Jujutsu, which is a 4 century old art created and employed by samurai on the battlefield. I have been a student for 7 years now. I am an assistant instructor holding a Okuden rank. This was before Jigoro Kano implemented the contemporary Dan/Belt Ranking we know today. Okuden is the third step. Next is a Menkyo kaiden, a license to teach as a sponsored instructor. Contrary to popular belief, Jujutsu is not completely grappling. It employs striking as well. Predominantly to vital and nerve points. As I have been in martial arts for 18 years now, I have studied many other arts; Kyokushin [full contact] karate, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Aikido, Judo, American Kempo, Kickboxing, and more.

My Sword; complimented with Muso Shinden ryu Iaijutsu, a koryu school of swordsmanship that includes the transmissions of Kenjutsu, Battoujutsu, and Iaido. I am a practiced user for 6 years now and am also an assistant instructor with a Chuden level. Aside from Iaijutsu, I have also practiced Yagyu Shinkage ryu Kenjutsu and Fencing.


My Guns; I own the following; .50 caliber AMT AutoMag semiautomatic handgun, .357 Smith & Wesson 686 longbarrel revolver, Taurus 4510 .45/.410 revolver [410 is an shotgun shell for large revolvers], 12 gauge Mossberg 500 Shotgun, .223 Remington Bushmaster AR-15 Semiautomatic Assault Rifle [Variant on the M4A1], and a Remington 700 sniper/hunting rifle
As for skill, I am a target competitor, winning the local 2007 Trap Tournament. I can front-sight and quickdraw and have been trained in the local police force and by my father who was in the army for about 6 years during the Cold War. and has been a hunter for roughly 60 years.

Other: I have been trained in knife fighting and throwing by my grandfather, a veteran of WW2 and Korean war. I am a practiced bullwhip artist, though that would doubtfully prose as a good weapon it would no doubt be useful in some manner. I have basic chemistry skills and have a hobby of devising explosives. I am a practiced survivalist with knowledge of how to hunt[with a knife if I must], employing crude and intermediary first aid, devising natural camouflage, employing guerrilla tactics, and various other simple skills. I have a skilled tactical mind, studying small scale, large scale, conventional, and unconventional strategy throughout history. I can devise improvisational weapons. I am knowledgeable in methods [in theory] of interrogation, torture, cunning, and deceit. I have the ability to adapt and think quick in fast paces and pressuring situations as I worked at a very fast paced factory as a teenager.


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Ice_Blue_Eyes wrote:

War is at your doorstep. You've prepared, so what are your skills?
Be comprehensive.

[You can list skills you actually have [specify] or skills you would learn.]


My weaponry and skills are very real so I do not have to make any up.

My body; I am a practitioner of Kito ryu Jujutsu, which is a 4 century old art created and employed by samurai on the battlefield. I have been a student for 7 years now. I am an assistant instructor holding a Okuden rank. This was before Jigoro Kano implemented the contemporary Dan/Belt Ranking we know today. Okuden is the third step. Next is a Menkyo kaiden, a license to teach as a sponsored instructor. Contrary to popular belief, Jujutsu is not completely grappling. It employs striking as well. Predominantly to vital and nerve points. As I have been in martial arts for 18 years now, I have studied many other arts; Kyokushin [full contact] karate, Krav Maga, Jeet Kune Do, Aikido, Judo, American Kempo, Kickboxing, and more.

My Sword; complimented with Muso Shinden ryu Iaijutsu, a koryu school of swordsmanship that includes the transmissions of Kenjutsu, Battoujutsu, and Iaido. I am a practiced user for 6 years now and am also an assistant instructor with a Chuden level. Aside from Iaijutsu, I have also practiced Yagyu Shinkage ryu Kenjutsu and Fencing.


My Guns; I own the following; .50 caliber AMT AutoMag semiautomatic handgun, .357 Smith & Wesson 686 longbarrel revolver, Taurus 4510 .45/.410 revolver [410 is an shotgun shell for large revolvers], 12 gauge Mossberg 500 Shotgun, .223 Remington Bushmaster AR-15 Semiautomatic Assault Rifle [Variant on the M4A1], and a Remington 700 sniper/hunting rifle
As for skill, I am a target competitor, winning the local 2007 Trap Tournament. I can front-sight and quickdraw and have been trained in the local police force and by my father who was in the army for about 6 years during the Cold War. and has been a hunter for roughly 60 years.

Other: I have been trained in knife fighting and throwing by my grandfather, a veteran of WW2 and Korean war. I am a practiced bullwhip artist, though that would doubtfully prose as a good weapon it would no doubt be useful in some manner. I have basic chemistry skills and have a hobby of devising explosives. I am a practiced survivalist with knowledge of how to hunt[with a knife if I must], employing crude and intermediary first aid, devising natural camouflage, employing guerrilla tactics, and various other simple skills. I have a skilled tactical mind, studying small scale, large scale, conventional, and unconventional strategy throughout history. I can devise improvisational weapons. I am knowledgeable in methods [in theory] of interrogation, torture, cunning, and deceit. I have the ability to adapt and think quick in fast paces and pressuring situations as I worked at a very fast paced factory as a teenager.


dang talk about multi talented... and your only 24 years of age DANG!!! i mean come on how many things can you learn in just 18 (after entering school)

the only things i know how to do is fence and a little of tai kwon do... the martial arts i would like to learn are Tai Shing Pek Kwar, also known as monkey kung fu, Aikido, and jujustu... i would also like to learn more about medicinal herbs and other medical knowledge... i am a rudimentary stratigest and as i am about to enter my third year in high school a rudimentary chemist (all thanks to my biology teacher teachings us a little bit about chemicals), i also wish to learn a few skills like safe cracking and lock smithing (usefull if all that stands between you and plans about an invasion is some kind of lock).
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Haha I just applied myself. I am a perfectionist and extremely dedicated and passionate about the subject.

Locksmithing would be quite the useful trade in this context.
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I'm bringing this thread up for deletion as well. If anyone has any suggestions to make this more accessible. Please say so. I'll leave it for a week (if Ice answers by then), if no one bites then I'll get rid of it. Of course, Ice has the final say on this one, but I don't think he'll disagree.
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Ice_Blue_Eyes wrote:

As I've said before, I've taken down two trained US Rangers armed with paintball guns [to replace real guns] with only a marker [to replace a knife] before they could even put their fingers on the triggers.


I say you'd make a good ninja ^^
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Well I don't own any weapons besides climbing claws (if you can even count them as weapon) and a pair of kali sticks... Neither I'm going to get... It's not like I'm needing them in this time of peace in Finland... But if it was for a war, I'd definitely prefer some kind of sniper rifle with a silencer (dunno if sniper silencers even exist, though). I like to get up close and personal in the case of martial arts, but then again, I'm kind of a "check player" if you will, rather relying on stealth and tactics than brute frontline force. And for that is a sniper rifle perfect tool. Of course a sidearm is a must, preferably some kind of easy to handle pistol with as high ammo capacity as possible. Silencer would be of no importance, since I'd already be discovered when I'll have to use that.

And... I know this sounds pretty old-fashioned, but I'd also take a kali stick with me, even if it's about modern warfare, because in close combat it's much more efficient than a combat knife. If one has the skill to wield it. And it would also be a good sneak-up weapon on infiltration situations. Doesn't make much sound...


And for the skills. I have 8 years of martial arts experience and I'm training hard and getting even more of it. I'm an able runner / parkourer and I know how to hide myself. To an extent. Of course I'd be needing some kind of disquise / camouflage equipment for that matter. Also, I prefer light footwear even in my everyday life and I feel kinda awkward if I can hear my own footsteps. So silent moving has been practised also alright.

For now I don't really know any of the survival stuff, so at least some I'd be needing to learn. Take medicine, for example. I have only some minor first aid skills, being teached at school. I'm studying electronics but that would hardly be of any importance in a war situation... However, I do have a hobby of programming and tinkering with some machines sometimes... Very rarely, though. I quess I could turn a laptop computer into a automated turret if I'd get a gun with electronic firing system and maybe a month of work. But then again, I don't know a sh*t about guns, so I have no idea if there even is such thing as electronic firing system...

So, I'd need to learn some more medicine and first aid and then would as the next thing come cooking. I suck at cooking and I'm 100% sure that if a hunted down animal were given to me, and the thing to cook it with, it would turn out anything but edible... Unless the cooking machine were a microwave oven. The hunting itself could possibly succeed, I've sometimes "hunted" some annoying birds with kali sticks, with some success. They were making sounds every night, so I started to put out some seeds for them to eat and then *bang* ran and put down one with my kali stick...

Then, as for querilla warfare, I can only device minor traps... I did once do some minor explosives from fertilizers, but even then I had a "recept" for it ready... Well I quess I could just hunt it down from internet again. On the same book that was in, there was a recept for smoke bombs too. Could be more than useful. And I quess I could device traps from them with a little brainwork.
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Honestly, if there was a chaotic war, I'd hide and survive rather than go out and put myself in harm's way. I'll venture out more when most of the people have killed each other. That would probably be the safest thing to do.


As for my stuff....
Weapons:
-2 machetes (one 20 inch, other 30 inch) with blackened blades and hickory handles.
-1 khurki knife (it is about 18 inches and weighs around 2 pounds)
-1old antique bayonet (not sure what rifle it fits on since I'm no good with firearms, but it is in very good condition, razor sharp, and full tang)
-1 katana (practical cutter at 300 dollars, sadly was damaged in a freak fire), but I am currently saving for a much better replacement....it will still surely cut if I swing it at someone, but the damage to the blade is irreparable
-Pair of red oak tonfas
-Red oak bokken
-Pair of antique hooded katars thickened at points for mail and plate armor piercing
-5 inch NATO Military switchblade (spring loaded), and a Smith and Wesson survival knife of unknown name
-Hatchet with mahogany handle
-Nunchaku (though additional training is needed)
-Hand bow with 60 pound string tension (I will buy a 250 pound normal crossbow soon) and several hunting bolts

Body:
Admittedly, I am not strong naturally, but I possess natural above-average quickness, dexterity, and speed. I also possess a fairly high degree of flexibility in my arms and legs. Several limb locks and choke positions will simply not work on me. My endurance could use some work. I am told I have potential for good musculature, but I haven't been focusing on muscle building, mainly just strengthening and health exercises to ward off things like heart disease and hypertension and excessive weight gain....practical exercise. I have a very fast metabolism, but it has been slowing down lately. I feel old. Honestly, I've been slacking too much lately. I'm going to resume training soon, after a 4 year period of ZERO training. Gotta whip myself back into shape. I am strangely resistant to the cold, although I am allergic to sunlight and excessive heat/light seems to sap my energy.

I am a striker, not a grappler. I am also a thinking fighter who is naturally skilled at gauging opponents' attacks and creating weaknesses to exploit by tricking my foes. I may not have an impressive build, but I have good attack form and have undergone bone conditioning in my hands, forearms, shins, and back. This allows me to throw surprisingly forceful strikes, especially with my seemingly-thin arms and legs. I had the force of one of my basic punches and jabs measured back when I was in my prime. 300 pounds of force in such a quick strike is quite a bit for a thin fellow like me. My kicks were almost twice that powerful. I attribute this power to my attack form. I also prefer to keep my opponents at medium range. Not too far, not too close. I can take hits despite my slight frame because I have been trained with certain breathing and falling techniques. My relatively light weight and breathing techniques allow me to dissipate most of the force from a blunt blow to my body.

Skills
-8+ years of experience in various martial arts, mostly in Shaolin kempo, though I also have some experience with kendo, ninjutsu, aikido, TKD and shotokan. I am a HORRIBLE grappler, but I recognized the threat posed by competent grapplers, so I instead have trained myself to be good at evasion and escaping holds. My flexibility aids me greatly.
-Experienced with survival and wilderness (used to go camping several times a year with nothing but a tent, some emergency supplies, and some basic gear)
-I've done chi/chakra training as well as training with high powered magnets. I am able to make most of my joints and limbs nearly unbendable at will (it takes about 5x more force than normal to bend joints I choose to reinforce). This was part of my anti-grappler training. I can also incorporate these techniques into my attacks, allowing for greater penetrative force/follow through. I think this added a great deal to my striking power as well, as shown by the measurements of my strike forces.
-I can do basic brick and tile breaking exercises by using my chi/chakra techniques in tandem with the benefits of my bone conditioning.
-Sadly, I have nearly no experience with ranged weapons except for a bit of training with the bow, crossbow, and blowgun
-I have relatively good knowledge of medicinal herbs and effects different plants will have just by examining certain characteristics. I learned this skill from my grandmother, who is very skilled in herbal medicine
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Chi / chakra training... Same as the "Ki", Ki is only the japanese common method of saying it... And honestly, I've never seen anyone call it chakra before except in naruto But! I know perfectly what you mean! I've trained in Ki feeling too while "studying" aikido and I just can't believe some people still say it's b*llsh*t... Never tried the magnets, though... I've heard of it before, do you think it really helps?

I'm sure you've gone through this too, but seriously, I never get bored of the amazement some people show when they can't bend my arm or lift me off the ground even with two guys! =D I quess I initially trained in the "right" way, the feeling came to me quite fast when I tried...
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A lot of people don't believe me until they've experienced it themselves. Even after 4 years of no training at all (I stopped because I think I was doing it wrong and I was messing myself up....I had a pendent that turned BLACK for three weeks and it wasn't dirt) I was able to reinforce my left arm's elbow joint so that a 300 pound guy had a great deal of trouble bending it.
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