I'll second the comments on asian weaponry -- serious, fast training that is required even if you do empty hands arts. It is generally accepted that the wooden weapons are every bit as deadly as the bladed, and that neither one has automatic superiority in a fight.
I think the 'flashiness' factor may depend on the regional style.
Edited by Kathryn (09/30/09 02:15 PM)
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