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Offline Rostum

Re: Sword Fighting
« Reply #15 on: December 12, 2018, 05:41:31 PM »
Oh vanishing posts again. I did post up a couple of days ago honest.

I would suggest practising with blunts as a safer option especially if sparring. Before collecting militaria became inadvisable in the UK it was not uncommon to come across blunt swords. They tended to be issued that way. safer to teach and safer for horses in cavalry regiments. The order to sharpen swords was almost a ritualised command to prepare yourself for battle. A lot of swords were carried abroad still blunted and only sharpened if likely to be needed.

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Re: Sword Fighting
« Reply #16 on: December 14, 2018, 04:49:06 AM »
Echoing Rostum, check this out:

These plastic-looking tubes (they're a carbon fiber miracle) are remarkably light but very tough. They are a dangerous weapon but only in the hands of someone who can make it really sing, so much safer than edged things, dull or not. Tons of videos on youtube illustrating the lethality of a non-sharp sword. (spoiler - they'll cleave your head right off just as well)
The HITS sticks are cheap and non-threatening and weigh mere ounces, reducing the chance of pulling something in your wrist. And although hard enough to repel a small bullet, you have to really swing them hard and directly to hurt anyone (including oneself).
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Offline AnnaStephens

Re: Sword Fighting
« Reply #17 on: December 29, 2018, 04:55:51 PM »
I've been practising HEMA for about 6 months with an emphasis on the Italian longsword style of Fiore dei Liberi. We also do abrazare (unarmed combat) and rondel (dagger) work.
While the latter two are useful to an extent in real world situations, we are taught in line with the 15th century teachings and therefore the emphasis is on "this is how professional soldiers fought in those times, not how you would fight today". That said, if you write anything set in a medievalesque setting or are interested in that period of history, it's absolutely brilliant.
If you want to learn to defend yourself with a weapon for real world situations, pick something else. If you want to know what it's like to fight like a knight, do HEMA.

Offline Rostum

Re: Sword Fighting
« Reply #18 on: February 01, 2019, 07:04:49 AM »
These plastic-looking tubes (they're a carbon fiber miracle) are remarkably light but very tough.

May have to make a pair of light sabres then...