This Iromakuanhe martial art utilizes bladed weaponry to better decimate and destroy opponents that attack the practitioner. It is steeped in religion and ancestry and has a long history of being tied to the Sund Wakir of The Nuocr Expanse on Maekardan.
Practitioners will normally wear a long pair of flowing pants that end below the ankle tied with a thin belt and wear on their tops a shirt that wraps around from one shoulder to the opposite hip and is tied with strings connected to the shirt, fully enclosing the torso. The sleeves of this shirt are long and reach the wrists of the practitioner.
The Makuori had been living on Maekardan for a great time with their bioweapons and martial arts, before a tear in space/ time brought the Saalii to them. Stemming from the Makuori's influence on the Saalii people that entered the Iruotl system, Desert Wind became a staple of the desert-dwellers there.
A Makuori names Alla Updool pushed for the warriors of the Saalii to learn the Desert Wind style before it had even acquired its monicker. From there, practitioners cropped up that taught the Desert Wind style, even after the great Saalii sacrifice. It is most popular among Sund Wakirs that make their monasteries in the Nuocr Expanse to this day.
Weapons are the mainstay of Desert Wind style martial art and there are two main types.
Pre-arranged meta-movements practiced in single sets, forms are choreographed structured steps that include the techniques and stances of Desert Wind wherein the practitioner is pitted against multiple imagined opponents or one singular opponent and must both fend off and fight. Often these forms are practiced with the aid of another practitioner that acts as the opponent.
The Voulge kata are climatic and tense, following the rigid structure of blocking, hacking, and cleaving that is important to the Desert Wind style.
The short sword kata are started with both sword tips raised to one another, then they back away from one another to gain distance, and then the practitioners begin the series of meta-movements. The different forms are listed below:
There are more than a few strikes in the Desert Wind style for both the voulge and short sword.
The voulge strikes are centered around hacking and cleaving. They are enumerated upon below.
There are a few different strikes for the short sword employed by the Desert Wind style, as highlighted below.
Sparring is done by two or more practitioners wearing helmets and padding and the rules are quite strict. There is to be no follow-through of actions, meaning the voulge or short sword may tap or lightly hit the opponent, but not strike through and potentially injure them. The opponents must stop their attack upon dropping of a weapon by one of the practitioners.