Japanese school girls practicing naginata (薙刀). Naginata is a pole weapon traditionally used by members of the samurai class. It consists of a wooden shaft with a curved blade on the end. In the modern martial art form of naginata, it is carved from one piece of Japanese white oak or it features a replaceable blade constructed from bamboo. Practitioners wear protective armor called bogu (防具). It is very similar to the armor worn by practitioners of kendo. In modern Japan, naginatajutsu is practiced especially by women.
I’m gonna go out on a limb here and tag tamorapierce here because this is just too cool for words.
And that limb held, `cos here I am, with thanks!
Look at them, at the easy grace with which they wait, at their focus on the weapon and beyond it, the opponent.
the reason the naginata is used primarily by women is because wives of samurai (who were part of the bushi/warrior class in japan, and everyone in the bushi no class no matter what was a warrior. and yes, women could be samurai too) would often be the ones to defend the house. which means they got trained in their own arts, a lot of them a lot more direct, efficient, and brutal than what samurai were trained in. because when your house/kids/livelihood are threatened, you want shit that works right now. that’s the most important thing you have is your house and family and in no way are you gonna let some punks threaten you like that. so it became very rapidly associated with women, which is a high honor for this, because it’s a scary, efficient weapon, with its long handle giving superior leverage that overcomes most swords with ease.
as someone training in the samurai arts, and who has fought against naginata a few times, these things are fucking effective and scary, and can easily take me out in less than a few seconds. i’ve fought against eishin-ryu, katori-ryu, and tendo-ryu style naginata techniques and they all kick my ass, with tendo-ryu ranking up there as one of the most deadly arts i’ve ever practiced against. the head of tendo-ryu lives near me, actually, and she’s a little old lady who takes absolutely no shit whatsoever and is confused as to why more women in the US don’t do naginatajutsu.
absolutely fear samurai women always. this is no joke. these women are the realest deal you can find.
Thank you! I sit here in delighted fascination. :3
NASA with the help of Harold White, have taken on a very special project. They are on the speculation stage of developing a warp machine. They are trying to determine if a faster-than-light warp drive is actually possible and, if it is, how to create one.
The pictures you see are the prototypes of the first theoretical warp ship concept. This ship is called, The IXS Enterprise (oh yeah). Its design is an improvement on the UEV-47.
Like I said before, this is all in the speculation stage. There is still not enough information to determine if faster than the speed of light-travel is even possible, but research is still on-going and hopes to soon move to the science stage of things.
Left: Adrianne Palicki promo shot for NBC’s Wonder Woman.
Right: Kimberly Kane promo shot for ‘Wonder Woman XXX: An Axel Braun Parody’.
….is it just me or does the porno version outfit not only look WAY BETTER crafted and prettier, the actress also has more muscles, a nicer fitting chest piece and a waaay more fitting body type and skin tone.
Also the porno version doesn’t look more “feminine”/more sexy whatever.
That… is EMBARASSING
the “official” one looks like a really bad Halloween costume
I mean fuck the porno one has bigger wrist cuff I REPEATE: BIGGER WRIST CUFFS PORNO WOMAN IS BETTER DRESSED TO KICK ASS *cries*
can someone contact the designer of the porno
clearly he/she knows how a womans body works.
It’s embarrassing when the official looks a like a porn and the porn looks like the official thing.
The thing that makes me stunned the most is that even the boobs of the porn version are cupped and held in better by her clothing than those of the official thing…
The moment a porn movie treats the boobs of a woman with more subtlety than a big name production, some staff changes are in order.
What both fascinates and disturbs me the most about these is the body language and facial expression.
The “official” TV version looks passive, slightly confused, her pose is sort of ambiguous and floppy. She’s waiting for the viewer to do something before she reacts. The XXX version looks determined and fierce, and is taking literally 0% of your shit.
One of these Wonder Women looks like a sex toy, and it’s not the pornographic one.
Not only does the NBC promo look passive the stance is clearly to jut the breasts outward, whereas the porn promo looks like a battle ready stance. What is this?