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Myth. First, the easy bit: the "mutual death" in modern fencing happens because the fencers have no fear of getting hurt much less killed. It is an example of using the rules of the game to one's advantage. Second, the whole bushido warrior thing... The Bushido was formalised during the Tokugawa period where there was no fighting. The country was at peace, ...


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While the femoral artery is a potentially lethal target, Silver is not discounting that. There are artery's in the arms, and every place he mentions. He points out that a thrust may not do the damage one would expect from a cut. He's telling you to not rely on thrusts at all, but rather rely on cuts. As for avoiding the leg, Silver, all the Bolognese ...


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Blades can kill. But the problem is that there's numerous historical accounts of people being cut, stabbed all the way through the body, and still fighting. It's not 100% predictable how things will go. You try to hit people in ways and places where it's most likely to incapacitate them, but it's playing the odds just the same. It is not true that the ...


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Found this explanation on a fencing website: In foil and saber there is a rule called right of way, or priority, which claims only one person may develop an attack at a time. If both fencers are touched it is up to the referee to decide which fencer will be awarded the touch and why. Difficulty arises when the priority relationship between the ...


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My understanding is that damage to the femoral artery (in each leg) would be very serious. Here's an ESPN story about a death from femoral artery damage, (albeit from a gunshot wound, so that's a pretty severe injury). My understanding is that severing either of the femoral arteries would cause and immediate drop in blood pressure that would cause the ...



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