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Postby Sephira » Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:01 pm

Name: Ki'Enaq (Unarmed Combat)
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Origins and Description

Loosely translated from Rakahi as merchant of death, Ki’Enaq is a brutal but highly tactical martial art that is utilized throughout the majority of Idalos. It was believed to have been initially developed for use in Etzos; first by the military and local law enforcement and then later modified for use by some civilians who began adapting it as a form of self-defense. This martial art quickly gained popularity as its core tenets were adopted by a wide range of individuals, leading Ki’Enaq to spread across Idalos like wildfire. Examples of its use can be seen both in chaotic street fights and also in military combat, leading to multiple different styles of the martial art to have developed over time. Regardless of its application, the core tenets of Ki’Enaq focus specifically on a brutal proficiency in dishing out injuries and damage to one’s opponents. Maiming and crippling is a perfectly acceptable use of this martial art as it is designed to ensure the survival of its practitioner. The use of improvised weaponry is also unique to Ki'Enaq as these martial artists treat their environment as a weapon if it will ensure the defeat of their enemies.


Standards and Cultural Differences

Differences in culture across Idalos have led to markedly different styles developing over time, thought it is believed that the purest and most vicious form of Ki’Enaq is still only taught in Etzos. Additionally, the application of Ki’Enaq by its practitioner greatly affects the style. Whereas a thug on the street may utilize a rougher more brutal form of this martial art, a trained soldier may have a more disciplined and precise style. These variations are most commonly due to the differing levels of armor the foe is anticipated to be wearing, and the necessity of focusing on gaps therein.

The Standards listed below are only the most well known styles. Other, more hybridized and unique styles do indeed exist in Idalos.


Etzori Military Standard: Perhaps the purest form of Ki'Enaq, the Etzori military standard is an extremely precise and vicious martial style. The military standard relies on powerful targeted strikes that focus on disabling an opponent as quickly as possible. In the case where the practitioner of this standard does not have the time to finish their opponent, they will focus on maiming and crippling them. Joints and gaps in armor are especially targeted as a crippled enemy soldier will not be returning to the battlefield anytime soon. The military standard is about ending conflicts with surgical precision and preventing future conflicts by rendering enemy combatants incapable of continuing the fight. While the victory or loss of a single combatant is rarely of consequence, the steadily spreading demoralization from the witnessing of numerous such triumphs can escalate an enemy's willingness to withdraw or surrender.

Blackguard Standard: The Blackguard standard of Ki'Enaq was initially derived from the military standard although with several notable differences. The Blackguard standard lacks the refined precision of the military style but it more than makes up for this in its inclusion of dirty fighting techniques. These variations stem from the knowledge that few of the guards' targets will be in armor, but may well have numbers on their side. Soft spots are especially targeted as this style focuses on dishing out pain in order to subdue an opponent. Eye gouges, throat punches and savage kicks to very sensitive areas of the male anatomy are perfectly acceptable and very much encouraged by instructors of the Blackguard standard.

Street Standard:The Street standard is by far the most chaotic and brutal style of Ki'Enaq. As it was developed primarily by civilians who utilized it in street brawls, this standard focuses completely on dirty fighting as its core tenet. While this standard does still possess the powerful punches and kicks specific to Ki'Enaq, there is a special emphasis on maiming your opponents and utilizing your environment as a weapon. No matter how ugly and distasteful the techniques used, the practitioner of this standard will do nearly anything to survive.

Tournament Standard: The Tournament Standard of Ki'Enaq was developed for official and semi-official competition in the fighting pitspits and Crescent Arena of Etzos. Governed by the universally understood Unified Etzori Ten-Trial Game Rules, the common version of Tournament Standard lacks the sheer raw brutality and viciously dirty tactics of Ki'Enaq, although the number of unintended casualties over the arcs have proven that even a blunted form of a martial art meant for showmanship and ‘safe’ competition is still lethal indeed. Adopted even in some Rharnian Quarter pubs, the most common version of a tournament match involves competitors fighting bare knuckled or with simple gloves for an unlimited number of 5 bit rounds till one yields or is unable to continue after a 15 count. More vicious variants within Ki'Enaq matches which are rarely officially endorsed can include doing away with the rounds altogether; knuckle dusters, glass shards taped to combatant’s fists, selected weapons strewn around the chosen arena, and many more delightful ways of inflicting bodily harm are utilized to make the fight all the more interesting.





Conditioning

One of the core components of Ki’Enaq is the practice of strengthening and hardening the muscles, skin and bones of the body in order to render the practitioner more resilient and effective in combat. This is achieved in a number of different ways and is used primarily to strengthen the knuckles, palms, torso and legs of the practitioner.

Iron Hand Training Methods
The Iron Hand is a state reached when the Ki’Enaq practitioner has utilized the following or similar techniques to encourage additional bone and callus growth to harden their palms and knuckles against impact. It can take up to an arc of training before the practitioner can reap the rewards of their efforts. The methods detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however these are the most commonly used in Idalos.

The Bucket Method
Utilizing a deep container filled with a material such as sand or dried beans, the Iron Hand trainee will thrust their fingers or fists as deeply into the container as possible. At the end of the thrust the trainee will flex or twist their arm in order to develop additional forearm strength before retracting their arm from the container. The impact of hitting the material in the container will aid in thickening bone along the knuckles and at the base of the palm. If the material in the container is abrasive then calluses will begin to form as well. This method can be very harsh on the hands of the trainee so cuts and abrasive wounds can develop as a result of the bucket method. Often herbal medicine mixed in warm water is used to treat the hands after training to ensure that the risk of infection is reduced.

The Striking Post Method
Possibly the most common method, the Striking Post method utilizes a post or tree as a means to generate impact and abrasion against the hands of the trainee. Light strikes are applied across every surface of the hand, concentrating on the knuckles and the palms. It can take dozens of sessions of practice with a striking post before any real progress is seen by the practitioner.


Iron Body Training Methods

The Iron Body is a state reached when the Ki’Enaq practitioner has employed the following methods or similar methods to strengthen their torso to the point that they can better endure bodily impacts in combat. It can take up to an arc of training before the practitioner can reap the rewards of their efforts. The methods detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however these are the most commonly used in Idalos.

Self-Hitting Method
This method is perhaps the most commonly used among Ki’Enaq practitioners as it can be accomplished with very little equipment if necessary. The Self-Hitting method utilizes hands, wire brushes or wooden clubs to develop harder bones, denser muscles and thicker calluses across the body to render the trainee better suited for combat. Utilizing this method, the trainee is not only able to strengthen their body but also able to become accustomed to taking hits, thus developing greater discipline and endurance.

Partner Striking Method
Another popular method is the use of a partner to deliver targeted punches to the abdomen of the trainee. This method works two-fold as it allows the partner to practice accurate and repeated punches while the trainee is working to thicken the muscle and skin around their torso. This thickened muscle wall and skin aids in warding off strikes in combat that may have otherwise damaged the internal organs.

Accuracy Training
Accuracy training is most commonly utilized by practitioners of the Etzori Military Standard. The use of accuracy training is employed to train practitioners to accurately strike the small openings between armor along with joints and other sensitive areas of the body. The method detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however this is the most commonly used in Idalos.

Targeted Striking
The most zealous of instructors will utilize brick or wooden walls with labeled, fist sized holes in them to increase the accuracy of their trainees. The wall will contain at least a dozen of these holes. Each hole is clearly labeled or numbered so the trainee can be instructed to strike a particular hole at the command of their instructor. Trainees quickly learn that intense focus is needed in order to correctly strike the precise hole without damaging their hands. There is typically a wooden board behind the holes in the wall that the trainee will impact when they strike true. Impacting the wooden board aids in developing calluses and harder knuckle bones.



Complimentary Skills

Endurance:It takes longer for the practitioner to tire, or to succumb to their own pains and injuries, allowing them to remain effective in combat for longer than normal. It also greatly aids in the boons gained from Ki'Enaq conditioning regimens.

Strength: Techniques have a greater impact and are more often successful because they are executed with strength. This also is applied to the techniques that require the throwing or shoving of an enemy's body, or the head-slamming of one foe into another.

Acrobatics: Allows the Ki'Enaq practitioner to utilize more acrobatic attacks. This can be combinations of attacks and defenses in the same move, the throwing of effective, off-balance blows, the locking of limbs to prevent being thrown, the bluff of appearing out-of-position to an enemy, and numerous other applications.

Meditation: Meditation helps in focusing the practitioner, so they can reflect on the possible outcomes in combat and be better prepared in the future. This encompasses the learning from one's previous mistakes, and the ability to retain and apply those lessons under pressure, as well as the emotional acceptance of the necessity of brutality to bring a swift end.

Discipline:
By being more disciplined, there is a lower chance of being needlessly distracted in combat. Similar to the advantages gained from Endurance, this focuses more on the mental aspect of the fight; the ability to dismiss lures and feints by one's foe, and to control rage and fear, to maintain optimum effective focus for a longer span of combat.

Tactics: The Ki'Enaq practitioner can better string together techniques in combat due to careful planning. This is both for luring an opponent into an exploitable position, and to recognize when this is being attempted against you.

Thrown Weapons: Understanding how to correctly throw a weapon can aid this practitioner in utilizing items in their environment as weapons.


Notable Techniques

Punches:
The first skill learned in Ki’Enaq is the various ways to dish out punishment to an opponent using the fists and elbows. From the shoulder to their fingertips, the Ki’Enaq practitioner uses their arms as lethal weapons. They are used to bludgeon and pummel their targets into submission. Punches are sharp and aggressive in nature, typically used in quick bursts to disorient the opponent.

Kicks:
Similar to punching, the types of kicking taught in Ki’Enaq instruct the practitioner to utilize their entire leg to dish out damage. Heels and knees are rendered into deadly concussive weapons that often lash out during combat in order to deal out punishing blows. There is a special emphasis placed on kicks in Ki'Enaq as the legs often contain the most powerful muscles in the body. This allows kicking to dish out some of the heaviest blows within this martial art.

Grabs:
Once the practitioner has learned the basics of delivering punches and kicks they can then move toward actively manipulating their opponent in combat. Ki’Enaq grabs are designed for the sole purpose of throwing their target off balance and giving the practitioner the opportunity to begin attacking again.

Joint Targeting:
The Ki'Enaq practitioner understands quite well that targeting the joints of their opponent can quickly lead to victory. Once a practitioner understands this, punches and kicks can now be delivered at the correct angle and strength to do the most damage against joints. This allows the opponent to quickly become disabled if enough joints are damaged.

Crippling Blows:
One of the core tenets of Ki’Enaq relies upon crippling the target in brutal and ugly ways in order to gain the upper hand. This is dirty fighting at its finest, relying upon the gouging of eyes and breaking of bones to disorient and frighten one's opponent.

Headbutting:
The Ki'Enaq practitioner often utilizes the entirety of their body in order to deliver powerful concussive blows that are capable of damaging and disorienting their opponents. Elbows, knees, fists and feet are used quite commonly but many practitioners will also utilize headbutting when their opponent is within close proximity in order to induce disorientation. Physical conditioning is typically required in order to utilize headbutting without the practitioner damaging their own body during the maneuver.

Maiming:
Expanding upon techniques used in Crippling Blows, Maiming is the act of permanently damaging an opponent's body or limbs. This technique requires at least a reasonable level of strength in order to be successful. Kicks and punches become deadly if they are used with the intent to permanently disfigure and cripple an opponent. Examples of the results of Maiming can include but are not limited to: permanent nerve damage, loss of limb, and loss of eye function.

Environmental Weaponry:
As the practitioner develops their skills they will begin to understand their surroundings can be utilized in combat to inflict damage or induce distraction upon their opponents. This is less of a skill set and more of a mindset as expertise in throwing weapons is often required in order to effectively use one's environment as a weapon.




Novice: 0-25
The novice unarmed practitioner of Ki'Enaq is beginning to understand the tactical mindset required to engage in this martial art. While capable of engaging in basic combat, most of the novice practitioner's training is focused on desensitizing them to violence and the use of brutal techniques in combat. While capable of utilizing the various notable techniques of Ki'Enaq, most novices' moves are simple and consisting of only basic punches and kicks. Attacks will only land about half the time. Effectively chaining together attacks into an effective assault is normally beyond this combatant.

Competent: 26-50
At competency the Ki'Enaq practitioner is beginning to learn to apply their attacks with precision and most of their punches and kicks will land with some success. Glancing blows will be common but they are at least learning to calculate the timing and strength required for their attacks. Their style of fighting will begin to become more brutal and decisive. Utilizing their surroundings as a weapon is also becoming more natural, this allows the practitioner to better protect themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. The competent practitioner is capable of chaining together a fairly successful assault, normally consisting of a handful of moves.

Expert: 51-75
Upon reaching expert the Ki'Enaq practitioner has become a brutal force of destruction. Successfully landed kicks and punches are devastating. Accuracy has increased to the point that joints and more vulnerable parts of the opponent's body are consistently being targeted to great effect. Grabs are achieved quickly and with little effort, often being used in conjunction with some form of attack to deal out the most punishment possible. The expert Ki'Enaq martial artist is at home in any environment; utilizing pieces of furniture, clothing, or a handful of dirt as a distracting weapon to be thrown at their enemies. Eyes are readily gouged out and knee caps broken with a brutal kick if it will merit an advantage in combat. This individual is very capable of chaining together an effective assault.

Master: 76-100
At mastery the Ki'Enaq practitioner has become a force of nature unto themselves. This individual will press any advantage they can in order to win. Kicks and punches are frightfully powerful, to the point that it takes minimal effort to target and damage joints and other sensitive areas of the body. Any environment the master practitioner finds themselves in, instantly becomes their ally. They can utilize nearly anything around them as a means of inflicting damage. Grabs can now evolve into fierce throws that can heavily distract and disable an opponent. Because of the swift pace of attacks and extreme brutality, the master can appear out of control to the onlooker, yet they will be in utter control of their actions. Crippling assaults on limbs and the rest of an opponent's body can now be executed with such power and skill that maiming can be achieved with startling ease. The master can weave their moves together into an incredibly effective assault.

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Postby Sephira » Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:38 pm

Ready for feedback! Thanks to Kasoria for their help in writing this.
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Postby Kasoria » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:30 pm

No thanks necessary, love. The pleasure was all mine. Everything looks very good and VERY encouraging. I would suggest adding another prerequisite skill to Crippling, though. Perhaps Tactics, to better target joints and weak points, which Expert practitioners can do with ease? Or Strength again, since you'd need a lot of power to land a blow that cripples, not just disables.

At the very least, you don't HAVE to get Competence in the prerequisite, but the reviewer of your story can quickly call BS on parts where you use abilities without them. For example, you can be an Expert-level practitioner, but unless you have Tactics/Strength/whatever at the right number, too, no Crippling, immediately-end-the-fight blows for you.

I don't want to make it to difficult for anyone to attain (least of all MYSELF), but looking at your write up for a Master, well... that's basically Death Empty Hands. If you're anything less than high-Expert in a melee weapon and/or Unarmed Combat of some sort, you'll be crushed in a few trills. Seems a fair trade-off for that kind of ability.
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Postby Sephira » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:44 am

Good suggestion, I'll add Tactics - Novice to Crippling Blows simply because the user would need to have the ability to make a tactical judgement about where and how they will cripple their opponent.

I think it's important to put some prerequisite skills peppered throughout Ki'Enaq since it is intended a a high damage output martial art. (VS Da'Ryia which is a crowd control/defensive martial art) The character should have at least some strength and be tactically minded in order to master it.
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Postby Sephira » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:37 am

After lots of feedback in discord I have altered this write up to better reflect Ki'Enaq as a Style of Unarmed, rather than a skill on it's own. The original write-up can be found in the Spoiler code at the bottom of the post if anyone needs to use it as a reference.

I have added three Standards of Ki'Enaq that go from the more precise military style to the chaotic street style.
Etzori Military Standard: Precise and vicious
Blackguard Standard: Effective and brutal
Street Standard: Chaotic and savage


EDIT: By special request a Tournament Standard has been added.


This does not limit the use of other styles of the martial art, but these will be the most common in Idalos. Hybridized versions or other unique versions can be used by players, although the nature of these styles should be reflected clearly in their use and training.

I have also removed the skill limiters on the Techniques, instead limiting users of Ki'Enaq to the level of complexity in their attacks depending on their level.


Looking forward to feedback on these changes. Da'Riya will likely be going through similar changes as well.
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Postby Rumour » Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:56 pm

Hi Seph,

This write-up is excellent. Really, really well-written! I'm loving these flavours of unarmed combat. I think they add a lot to the site, and give players something extra to write when they're roleplaying fights with one another.

I really only have grammatical comments. Once those are addressed, I'd be super happy to approve this write-up! I definitely want Malt to look at this before it goes live, however, since it very heavily involves Etzos. I'm going to send him a PM with a request to look this over.

    "Differences in culture across Idalos have led to markedly different styles developing over time, though it is believed that the purest and most vicious form of Ki’Enaq is still only taught in Etzos. Additionally, the application of Ki’Enaq by its practitioner greatly affects the style. Whereas a thug on the street may utilize a rougher, more brutal form of this martial art, a trained soldier may have a more disciplined and precise style."

    "The Standards listed below are only the most well-known styles. Other, more hybridized and unique styles do indeed exist in Idalos."

    "the Etzori military standard is an extremely precise and vicious martial style."

    "this standard focuses completely on dirty fighting as its core tenet"

    “More vicious variants within Ki'Enaq matches which are rarely officially endorsed,”

    “Understanding how to correctly throw a weapon can aid this practitioner in utilizing items in their environment as weapons.”

    “From the shoulder to their fingertips, the Ki’Enaq practitioner uses their arms as lethal weapons. These are used to bludgeon and pummel their targets into submission.”

    “Once a practitioner understands this, punches and kicks can now be delivered at the correct angle”

    “One of the core tenets of Ki’Enaq relies”

    “As the practitioner develops their skills they will begin to understand their their surroundings can be utilized in combat to inflict damage or induce distraction upon their opponents.”

    “Grabs are achieved quickly and with little effort, often being used in conjunction with some form of attack to deal out the most punishment possible.”

    Note: In the “Tournament Standard” section, I would recommend consistently capitalizing both the T and the S.
Thanks again for all of your hard work and efforts! You're awesome.

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Postby Sephira » Fri Mar 23, 2018 6:39 pm

Thanks so much for the grammar check Ru. I believe I have made all the changes.
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Postby Maltruism » Sat Mar 24, 2018 9:50 pm

Okay, time for me to insert myself into this. :D

I do actually have a number of things I think might add to this. And a few things I think need to be corrected to fit Etzori lore.
I will put in red what I think will be helpful.
Only the change to the references to the "pits, Crescent Arena and Ten-Trial Games" will actually NEED to be done, for lore's sake.
Everything else is just suggestions for a bit more detail.


Standards and Cultural Differences

Differences in culture across Idalos have led to markedly different styles developing over time, thought it is believed that the purest and most vicious form of Ki’Enaq is still only taught in Etzos. Additionally, the application of Ki’Enaq by its practitioner greatly affects the style. Whereas a thug on the street may utilize a rougher more brutal form of this martial art, a trained soldier may have a more disciplined and precise style. These variations are most commonly due to the differing levels of armor the foe is anticipated to be wearing, and the necessity of focusing on gaps therein.

Etzori Military Standard: Perhaps the purest form of Ki'Enaq, the Etzori military standard is an extremely precise and vicious martial style. The military standard relies on powerful targeted strikes that focus on disabling an opponent as quickly as possible. In the case where the practitioner of this standard does not have the time to finish their opponent, they will focus on maiming and crippling them. Joints, and gaps in armor, are especially targeted as a crippled enemy soldier will not be returning to the battlefield anytime soon. The military standard is about ending conflicts with surgical precision and preventing future conflicts by rendering enemy combatants incapable of continuing the fight. While the victory or loss of a single combatant is rarely of consequence, the steadily spreading demoralization from the witnessing of numerous such triumphs can escalate an enemy's willingness to withdraw or surrender.

Blackguard Standard: The Blackguard standard of Ki'Enaq was initially derived from the military standard although with several notable differences. The Blackguard standard lacks the refined precision of the military style but it more than makes up for this in its inclusion of dirty fighting techniques. These variations stem from the knowledge that few of the guards' targets will be in armor, but may well have numbers on their side. Soft spots are especially targeted as this style focuses on dishing out pain in order to subdue an opponent. Eye gouges, throat punches and savage kicks to very sensitive areas of the male anatomy are perfectly acceptable and very much encouraged by instructors of the Blackguard standard.

Tournament Standard: The Tournament Standard of Ki'Enaq was developed for official and semi-official competition in the fighting pits and Crescent Arena of Etzos. Governed by the universally understood Unified Etzori Ten-Trial Game Rules, the common version of Tournament Standard lacks the sheer raw brutality and viciously dirty tactics of Ki'Enaq, although the number of unintended casualties over the arcs have proven that even a blunted form of a martial art meant for showmanship and ‘safe’ competition is still lethal indeed. Adopted even in some Rharnian Quarter pubs, the most common version of a tournament match involves competitors fighting bare knuckled or with simple gloves for an unlimited number of 5 bit rounds till one yields or is unable to continue after a 15 count. More vicious variants within Ki'Enaq matches which are rarely officially endorsed can include doing away with the rounds altogether; knuckle dusters, glass shards taped to combatant’s fists, selected weapons strewn around the chosen arena, and many more delightful ways of inflicting bodily harm are utilized to make the fight all the more interesting.


Complimentary Skills

Endurance:It takes longer for the practitioner to tire, or to succumb to their own pains and injuries, allowing them to remain effective in combat for longer than normal. It also greatly aids in the boons gained from Ki'Enaq conditioning regimens.

Strength: Techniques have a greater impact and are more often successful because they are executed with strength. This also is applied to the techniques that require the throwing or shoving of an enemy's body, or the head-slamming of one foe into another.

Acrobatics: Allows the Ki'Enaq practitioner to utilize more acrobatic attacks. This can be combinations of attacks and defenses in the same move, the throwing of effective, off-balance blows, the locking of limbs to prevent being thrown, the bluff of appearing out-of-position to an enemy, and numerous other applications.

Meditation: Meditation helps in focusing the practitioner, so they can reflect on the possible outcomes in combat and be better prepared in the future. This encompasses the learning from one's previous mistakes, and the ability to retain and apply those lessons under pressure, as well as the emotional acceptance of the necessity of brutality to bring a swift end.

Discipline:
By being more disciplined, there is a lower chance of being needlessly distracted in combat. Similar to the advantages gained from Endurance, this focuses more on the mental aspect of the fight; the ability to dismiss lures and feints by one's foe, and to control rage and fear, to maintain optimum effective focus for a longer span of combat.

Tactics: The Ki'Enaq practitioner can better string together techniques in combat due to careful planning. This is both for luring an opponent into an exploitable position, and to recognize when this is being attempted against you.

In the "Notable Techniques", you've GOT to add the "Head Butt"...lol

Then I have two major things I'd like to add, both would be under a possible separate heading of "Conditioning"?
I don't have names for these offhand, but they are classic martial art techniques. One is the regular practice of punching surfaces of steadily increasing hardness and abrasion to build callous and inure the student to pain. Starting with maybe just buckets of water, then wood chips or pellets, to sand, to gravel, to bigger rocks, to metal nuts and bolts, to finally, flat-out punching brick walls. The levels of what the student is capable of punching uninjured would then be reflected in the tier paragraphs. Like "Novice" only getting as far as wood chips, "Competent" being up to gravel, etc...

Also then, an accuracy training for finding those little "pain centers", and gaps in armor. A student stands before a brick wall, that has numerous holes just slightly larger than his fist. They are numbered, and the instructor calls out numbers, and the student responds by hitting the right numbered hole accurately enough to avoid lacerating his hand. There will be a wooden board behind it to also continue callous development training, but the real emphasis here is on developing speed and accuracy. Again, I don't know offhand what this is called, but we don't want to copy RL TOO much...lol
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Ki'Enaq (Unarmed Combat-Martial Art)

Postby Sephira » Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:46 am

The following has been added to the write-up under Conditioning. I also added your changes and corrections to the write-up Mal.


Conditioning

One of the core components of Ki’Enaq is the practice of strengthening and hardening the muscles, skin and bones of the body in order to render the practitioner more resilient and effective in combat. This is achieved in a number of different ways and is used primarily to strengthen the knuckles, palms, torso and legs of the practitioner.

Iron Hand Training Methods
The Iron Hand is a state reached when the Ki’Enaq practitioner has utilized the following or similar techniques to encourage additional bone and callus growth to harden their palms and knuckles against impact. It can take up to an arc of training before the practitioner can reap the rewards of their efforts. The methods detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however these are the most commonly used in Idalos.

The Bucket Method
Utilizing a deep container filled with a material such as sand or dried beans, the Iron Hand trainee will thrust their fingers or fists as deeply into the container as possible. At the end of the thrust the trainee will flex or twist their arm in order to develop additional forearm strength before retracting their arm from the container. The impact of hitting the material in the container will aid in thickening bone along the knuckles and at the base of the palm. If the material in the container is abrasive then calluses will begin to form as well. This method can be very harsh on the hands of the trainee so cuts and abrasive wounds can develop as a result of the bucket method. Often herbal medicine mixed in warm water is used to treat the hands after training to ensure that the risk of infection is reduced.

The Striking Post Method
Possibly the most common method, the Striking Post method utilizes a post or tree as a means to generate impact and abrasion against the hands of the trainee. Light strikes are applied across every surface of the hand, concentrating on the knuckles and the palms. It can take dozens of sessions of practice with a striking post before any real progress is seen by the practitioner.


Iron Body Training Methods

The Iron Body is a state reached when the Ki’Enaq practitioner has employed the following methods or similar methods to strengthen their torso to the point that they can better endure bodily impacts in combat. It can take up to an arc of training before the practitioner can reap the rewards of their efforts. The methods detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however these are the most commonly used in Idalos.

Self-Hitting Method
This method is perhaps the most commonly used among Ki’Enaq practitioners as it can be accomplished with very little equipment if necessary. The Self-Hitting method utilizes hands, wire brushes or wooden clubs to develop harder bones, denser muscles and thicker calluses across the body to render the trainee better suited for combat. Utilizing this method, the trainee is not only able to strengthen their body but also able to become accustomed to taking hits, thus developing greater discipline and endurance.

Partner Striking Method
Another popular method is the use of a partner to deliver targeted punches to the abdomen of the trainee. This method works two-fold as it allows the partner to practice accurate and repeated punches while the trainee is working to thicken the muscle and skin around their torso. This thickened muscle wall and skin aids in warding off strikes in combat that may have otherwise damaged the internal organs.

Accuracy Training
Accuracy training is most commonly utilized by practitioners of the Etzori Military Standard. The use of accuracy training is employed to train practitioners to accurately strike the small openings between armor along with joints and other sensitive areas of the body. The method detailed below should not be considered comprehensive. There are other methods available; however this is the most commonly used in Idalos.

Targeted Striking
The most zealous of instructors will utilize brick or wooden walls with labeled, fist sized holes in them to increase the accuracy of their trainees. The wall will contain at least a dozen of these holes. Each hole is clearly labeled or numbered so the trainee can be instructed to strike a particular hole at the command of their instructor. Trainees quickly learn that intense focus is needed in order to correctly strike the precise hole without damaging their hands. There is typically a wooden board behind the holes in the wall that the trainee will impact when they strike true. Impacting the wooden board aids in developing calluses and harder knuckle bones.



Thanks for the feedback Mal, I'm glad we can further tailor this style to Etzos. ;)

A Note on Conditioning
Mal, you mentioned that the material used in conditioning, such as sand or gravel should possibly grow in the level of abrasion according to the practitioner's skill level. After researching the methods of conditioning used for developing an Iron Hand or Iron Body I think that the material used to apply abrasion and pressure in the bucket method should not be detailed in the skill tiers. With these methods it seems that repetition is more important that the application of more abrasive materials. Something like sand would be perfectly acceptable for the full length of the practitioners's training as it is more about repeated strikes over hundreds of hours rather than punching something rougher and harder. However since this is NOT real life we are talking about, we could go that route if it made it more sense to you guys. Please let me know your thoughts on this and I will make changes accordingly.

Thanks again for your feedback and taking the time to review this. It is much appreciated.


EDIT: Should we be defining exactly what goes into the conditioning? Wouldn't that fit better under Endurance rather than the use of Ki'Enaq?
Perhaps I should note that this is historically the type of conditioning used and not a requirement. Iron Hand/Body and Accuracy Training are more to add flavor to the skill rather that a requirement for PCs.

I want to add your Etzori twist as much as I can Mal but I also want to make the skill/style as customizable to PCs as I can. Perhaps it is best to note that conditioning IS needed to correctly use Ki'Enaq but that the player can decide how that is accomplished.

Let me know what you guys think.
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Postby Maltruism » Wed Apr 04, 2018 10:36 pm

This is all fine by me. :D











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