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Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication

Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication

When it comes to Historical Fencing, few things draw more intense community discussion than that of rules and scoring at HEMA events.  This should come as no surprise – everyone’s motives and goals for taking part in Historical Martial Arts are different, and so everyone is looking for the ideal ruleset which captures what it isRead more about Refereeing in Historical Fencing: Consistency & Communication[…]

Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer

Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer

Our first look at the basics will concentrate on a few of the fundamentals of the Meyer system, particularly with an eye to contrasting them with earlier traditions and establishing a firm foundation upon which we will build our art. The learning objectives for this post are to gain an understanding of: Meyers divisions ofRead more about Back to Basics 1 – Fundamentals and Footwork in Meyer[…]

If you can’t do it slow then you can’t do it fast… properly

If you can’t do it slow then you can’t do it fast… properly

  I wrote this response at an ungodly hour of the morning after coming across the this blog post at the Fight With All Your Strength website, a blog which describes itself as “Physical Training and Biomechanics for Swordplay and other Combat Sports and Martial Arts.”  On this occasion I find that I have toRead more about If you can’t do it slow then you can’t do it fast… properly[…]

Stand Back, I’m about to do… SCIENCE!

Stand Back, I’m about to do… SCIENCE!

“When this baby hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious sh!t…” Emmett ‘Doc’ Brown Caveat: If you don’t care about maths of physics at all, stop reading now, however a better understanding of some simple physics will improve your understanding of which cut to apply when.  Not to mention the fact thatRead more about Stand Back, I’m about to do… SCIENCE![…]