Scholastic Musings

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![…]

Meyer’s Longsword: On Parrying

Meyer’s Longsword: On Parrying

In general terms deflecting the opponent’s sword comes under the term “parrying”, though you may also encounter the term “setting aside”, as well as the German words “absetzen” or “versetzen” (which basically mean setting aside or displacing).  Meyer himself tends to describe all parrying using absetzen/versetzen, but in other texts there are very specific passagesRead more about Meyer’s Longsword: On Parrying[…]

Some Thoughts on Safety While Training

Some Thoughts on Safety While Training

Much of the conversation in the longsword fencing community revolves around safety equipment.  There is a constant striving for a gold-standard of safety gear which will allow participants to practice risk free at full speed.  My own preference in this regard is to begin train slower and more cautiously with less protective safety equipment withRead more about Some Thoughts on Safety While Training[…]