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PostSubject: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:12 am

Zatoishi -The blind
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Zatoichi at first appears to be a harmless blind anma ("masseur") who wanders around the country, making his living by gambling as well as giving massages, performing acupuncture, singing and playing music; however, he is also highly-skilled in swordsmanship, specifically iaido and is equally skilled in the general sword skills of Japan, as well as Sumo wrestling.He does not carry a traditional katana, instead using a well-made shikomi-zue (cane sword), as blades were outlawed in the Edo period. Shikomi-tzue were generally straight-edged, lower-quality blades which could not compare with regular katana, but as revealed in Zatoichi's Cane Sword, his weapon is superior as it was forged by a master bladesmith.Zatoichi protecting the innocent from oppressive or warring yakuza gangs, and investigating/stopping general injustice. His fighting skill is incredible, with his sword-grip in inverse manner; this, combined with his keen ear and sense of smell and proprioception, renders him a frightening opponent. He is quite capable with a traditional katana, Similarly, he displays considerable skill using two swords simultaneously, in Musashi-like Nitō Ichi style .A number of standard scenarios are repeated through the series: Zatoichi's winning large amounts at gambling via his ability to hear whether the dice have fallen even or odd is a common theme, as is his catching loaded or substituted dice by the difference in their sound. This frequently culminates in another set piece, Zatoichi's cutting the candles lighting the room and reducing it to pitch blackness, commonly accompanied by his tag line "Kurayami nara kocchi no mon da" (暗闇ならこっちのもんだ, lit. Darkness is my advantage?).The character's name is actually Ichi. Zatō is a title, the lowest of the four official ranks within the Tōdōza, the historical guild for blind men. (Thus zato is also Japanese slang for a blind person.) Ichi is therefore properly called Zatō-no-Ichi ("Low-Ranking Blind Person Ichi", approximately), or Zatōichi for short. It is also a play on words: "Sa" or "za" is a combinative word for "master"; "to" is likewise for "sword"; and "ichi" means "one"; therefore, an alternate translation might read "First Sword Master", or perhaps "Master of the Unique Sword Style". Giving massages was a traditional occupation for the blind, since blind persons and masseurs were on the lowest social level, no better than beggars because in Japan it was common to think of the blind as also being retarded or perverted.
The ShikoMizeu
The shikomizue (仕込み杖?, literally "prepared cane") is a Japanese concealed sword disguised as a cane or walking stick, similar to the swordstick. It was used mostly by the shinobiIt is most famous for its use by the fictional swordmaster Zatoichi.The name shikomi-zue is actually the name of a type of mounting; the sword blade was placed in a cane-like mounting (tsue), to conceal the fact that it was a sword. These mountings are not to be confused with the Shirasaya mountings, which were just plain wooden mountings with no decorations.
Some shikomi-zue also concealed metsubushi, chains, hooks, and many other things. The shikomi-zue could be carried in public without arousing suspicion.
The Tōdōza
The Tōdōza (当道座?) was a Japanese guild for blind men, established in the 14th century by the biwa hōshi Akashi Kakuichi (明石覚一?). Members performed a variety of roles, as itinerant musicians, masseurs, and acupuncturists. It received the patronage of the Muromachi and Edo shogunates, and remained active until the Meiji restoration, being eventually disbanded in 1871.The organization was hierarchally structured. The primary ranks, known as mōkan (盲官, blind offices?), were Kengyō (検校?) (the highest), then Bettō (別当?), Kōtō (勾当?), and Zatō (座頭?); these were further subdivided into a total of 73 distinct grades. Total membership was usually around 3,000; it is not known what proportion of the total blind population this represents.The Tōdōza accepted only male members; a separate organisation, the Gozeza (瞽女座?), existed for blind women. There was additionally a further guild, the Mōsōza (盲僧座?), similar to the Tōdōza but active mostly in the western regions of Japan.
-Obtained Fighting Skills.
Kenjutsu (剣術?), meaning "the art of the sword" , is a term for classical Japanese sword arts (or koryū), in particular those which predate the Meiji Restoration. It is sometimes used more generally to describe any martial art which makes use of the Japanese sword.The exact activities undertaken when practising kenjutsu vary with school, but commonly include practice of basic techniques (kihon) without opponent and techniques where two persons paired kata (featuring full contact strikes in some styles). Historically schools incorporated sparring under a variety of conditions, from using solid wooden bokutō to use of bamboo sword (shinai) and armor (bogu).:XII, XIII In modern times sparring in Japanese swordsmanship is more strongly associated with Kendo.
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Bōjutsu (棒術?), translated from Japanese as "staff technique", is the martial art of using a staff weapon called bō which simply means "staff". Staffs are perhaps one of the earliest weapons used by humankind. They have been in use for thousands of years in Eastern Asia. Some techniques involve slashing, swinging, and stabbing with the staff.
Today bōjutsu is usually associated either with Okinawan kobudō or with Japanese koryū budō. Japanese bōjutsu is one of the core elements of classical martial training. In the Okinawan context, the weapon is frequently referred to as the kon.
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Tai sabaki (体捌き?) is a term from Japanese martial arts and which relates to 'whole body movement', or repositioning. It can be translated as body-management. It is a term used widely in kendo, jujutsu, aikido, judo ,karate and Ninjutsu. Tai sabaki is usually used to avoid an attack, such that the receiver of the attack ends up in an advantageous position and it is often wrongly referred to as evasion.An example of tai sabaki is 'moving off the line' of attack using irimi and tenkan movements rather than to 'move against' the attack. This implies the use of harmony rather than physical strength. See hard and soft (martial arts)
Tai sabaki is related to ashi sabaki (footwork) and te sabaki (handwork).
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Hensōjutsu (変装術?) was a Japanese martial art skill involving disguise, impersonation, and infiltration.
In some ninja clans it was known as the "Shichi Hō De" (七方出?) or, "seven ways of going" (one form of ninjutsu that has a person play a role much like an actor does in impersonating people). A ninja had to appear either as a priest, samurai, merchant, craftsman, performer, puppeteer, or farmer. To accomplish this, the ninja was a well studied sociologist observing people in other towns for long periods of time until (just like actors) ninja blended into the crowd. They acted like either one of the major classes to spy on people. Ninja thus sometimes carried one or two costumes to look like the other classes and kunoichi were specialists at Hensojutsu due to the importance of close contact missions.
This is different from other methods in that the ninja needs only to appear like someone else for a short period of time. Ninja typically must learn the character traits of another class quickly and then impersonate the members of that class. For instance, if workers were walking in large numbers toward a worksite, using this skill the ninja observes the worker, copies the same clothing and walking style of the workers, then follows the crowd in just like the other workers. A good ninja ought to be able to impersonate anybody in terms of appearance.A ninja would often have dark clothes stitched onto the inside of a normal looking peasant's outfit, so that he would simply reverse the clothes and immediately have his camouflage garb. For hiding in brush or bushes, elastic fibers on the ninja's clothes allow for branches and grasses to be attached, helping break up the ninja's outline.
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Bōryaku (謀略?) is one of the 18 fundamental skills of the Togakure-ryū school of ninjutsu.Alongside more orthodox and mainstream measures, Bōryaku includes use of unorthodox strategies and tactics, as well as manipulation of politics and exploitation of other current events to assist in subtle influence of the opponent.
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Shinobi-iri (meaning "study of stealth") are techniques for silent movement and climbing for covert infiltration, particularly that studied in ninjutsu.
It consists of five methodologies:
* Nyukyo no jutsu - Correct use of timing to enter an area.
* Monomi no jutsu - Discovering the weak point in the area's defences.
* Nyudaki no jutsu - Using a psychological weakness in the guard (da meaning "idleness" and ki meaning "a dislike for being industrious").
* Yoji-gakure - Distraction. (For example, throwing an object to distract a guard: yoji-gakure no jutsu involved the classic move of throwing an object in order to distract.)
* Joei-on jutsu - Erasing light and sound. (For example, keeping a light between themselves and a guard in order to distract him, as this would also make it harder for any guard to see them.)
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Chōhō (諜報?), literally meaning "secret information" or "intelligence", is the art of espionage, and one of the 18 fundamental skills of the Togakure-ryū school of ninjutsu. It was one of the most significant as the main duties of the ninja were spying and sabotage.
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Taijutsu (体術?), literally meaning "body skill" or "body art", is a term for Japanese martial arts techniques that rely on a science of body movements. Historically, the word taijutsu was often used interchangeably with jujutsu (as well as many other terms) to refer to a range of grappling skills.Taijutsu, is a form of traditional Japanese unarmed combat common to a plethora of arts utilized throughout main land Japan's history. Contemporary belief askews it as singularly applicable to the Takamatsuden arts; this is erroneous. Taijutsu is a generic term meaning 'body skills' and thus is not particular to one specific school.A synthesis of taijutsu applications could be as follows;
Application: Description:
Koppojutsu breaking bones
Koshijutsu Striking nerve points, muscles, knowledge of the human body, etc.
Taihenjutsu Evasion, postures, ukemi (rolls/falling), etc.
Dakentaijutsu Striking patterns, fist formations, conditioning, etc.
Jutaijutsu Throws, joint locks, pins, etc.
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Chi-mon or Chi mon (地門, Chimon?) is the Ninja discipline of geography.
The ninja of medieval Japan would spend many days in classrooms learning the geography of Japan and memorizing its major rivers and their tributaries. In addition, ninja would learn botany, entomology, geology, and zoology in order to determine their location, based on their natural surroundings.
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Tenmon (天門, Tenmon?) is the ninja art of understanding and using meteorology as a strategic weapon. It allowed ninja to foresee weather changes and to use them as an advantage. By knowing nature's changes, animal behaviour, or atmospheric signs, one could use rainy weather or a hot sunny period as strategic elements to weaken and defeat the enemy.
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Intonjutsu is the Ninja art of "disappearing" and comprises various walking and stealth techniques. We would also like to add the art of wilderness survival or field craft to this topic.
For discussion sake we will divide Intonjutsu into 3 topics Gotonpo (hiding knowing, using the five elements concepts), Field Craft and Shinobi-Aruki (silent movement steps and leaps). Shinobi-Aruki will be covered in more detail under the topic Shinobi iri.
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 9:15 am



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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:34 pm

what does the Kenji mean?
[ Refering to the one in the middle of the pictures ]
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:44 pm

MOTHER FUCKER DONT COPY ME , AND EMILIES CHARACTER
YOUR COPYING THE WHOLE FUCKING THING Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad Evil or Very Mad
I WILL FINAL KILL YOU I SWEAR Mad Mad
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 1:58 pm

"Mariku" If you were smart enuff you would know that this is a fictional character created by some director. So shut up sit back and Inhale it all at once. , I dunno I think It means Bajutsu , The art of horse riding.
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:10 pm

Have something in your character's port. that you don't even know what it means. - sigh.
also other people have a charaacter based on the exact same thing. change yours a bit.
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:20 pm

Well thats their problems.
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:27 pm

negro.
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:29 pm



Don't make me get out the banhammer. Another spam in this thread and it's getting locked up as well as warnings issued.

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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:32 pm

Aren't you going to say your reveiw? Approved , Declined , Pending?
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PostSubject: Re: Zatoishi - The Blind Samurai   Fri Aug 21, 2009 2:50 pm

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