I am trying to resurrect the long tradition of holiday Sword and Buckler sparring with minimal equipment purchases.
These are meant to be friendly sessions: only pride is on the line. The aim is to mostly have fun hitting each other with sticks, informed by the basics of a few buckler treatises, without going full force on people.
At my club, I have seen instructors wear very minimal gear for some sword and buckler sparring: hoodies, plastic Bucklers, and synthetic padded swords. Of course, instructors know the benefits of restraint, when hard is too hard, and are honest about hits. It has got me thinking how I can bring the joy of HEMA to my relations during the holidays...
Assuming I can convince them to join me in a little ring out back and learn "an outdated skill," I need basic gear for fighting.
What Do I Need For Reasonable Safety?
Specifically for sword-and-buckler! Currently, I have...
- Two Cold Steel (Plastic) Bucklers
- Arming-sword length, round wooden rods.
- A fencing mask
- Wintery clothes
I want to keep the costs down, so I think a second fencing mask coupled with winter-ish clothes gives reasonable protection against ye olde stick during cuts and most thrusts. What more should I do to ensure a bit more safety?