Friday, November 09, 2007

From Aikido to Zen (N)


Weapon Style

The Naginata is the traditional weapon of the Samurai daughters, and the fluid, spinning footwork taught by this style for both attack and defense were considered the epitome of beauty, grace, and femininity in medieval Japan. Practice of this art by women dates back to Japan’s Tokugawa Period (1600-1867), but the form continues today in a Kenjutsu-like sport, still dominated by women. This style, however, represents the older combative form of the art.

Prerequisite: Attack Focus (naginata)

Style Maneuvers

Weapons 4 ranks: After a successful attack with a Naginata, you may make a free Push attempt against your opponent, using the Weapons skill in place of the Unarmed skill. Consult the Unarmed skill for more information on the Push skill use.

Weapons 8 ranks: Defensive Attack: +1.5 Defense per –1 attack penalty, rounded down (+1 Defense for –1 attack, +3 Defense for –2 attack and so forth)

Weapons 12 ranks: Vital lore: when making called shots with the Precision Strike perk, your penalty to hit is reduced by 2.

Weapons 16 ranks: Weapon Finesse (naginata): your Dexterity modifier is considered +2 higher for purposes of this feat.

Weapons 20 ranks: Agility Training: +2 Dexterity

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