Greetings, Much has been said in various manuals and treatises about the combat of the short fencer against the tall fencer and also vice versa. These are considerations of note and need to be taken into account. What does not seem to appear all that often are considerations of teaching a shorter or taller student…
We had a chat with Dennis Ljungqvist—three time Swordfish longsword champion—about why the historical fencing event Swordfish is so important and what it means to him. “We aren’t here to to test ourselves. We’re here to test you”. The words came from a Polish fencer at Swordfish, the premier historical fencing event in the world,…
What I hope may be a simple solution to several ongoing safety issues.
A breakdown of Paulus Hector Mair’s second dagger play, taken at our mixed weapons class in Crystal Palace, London. www.londonlongsword.com
In most situations a longer weapon, with more reach, seems like a good idea. But there is one REALLY important aspect in which a shorter weapon is more handy.
Competitions can be great for martial arts, but let’s not forget that most people who practice martial arts don’t want to compete.
We’ve seen time and again that in the most accurate tests (Tod’s test: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBxdTkddHaE ), longbow arrows cannot penetrate breastplates. Does that matter? We know that longbows won wars – this video explains HOW! Extra videos at Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/scholagladiatoria
A walk through the most pertinent features of the play. From our Crystal Palace class in London.
In HEMA we primarily focus on sword fighting in regular clothes, but we have to recognise that this mostly applies to civilian duels. Not to say that the skills are not fundamentally related, but armor changes so much about combat.
What this all comes down to is the reason for studying a treatise. There are many different reasons for studying a treatise. The prime reason is to recreate what is written in the treatise, but this is not the only reason. Another reason is to find the foundation elements so that they can be examined…