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Mainly for versatility and stability. In fencing your actions moving backwards are just as important as your actions moving forwards. A lot of people think of it as advancing on your opponent or retreating from them, but the point of those things isn't to capture or cede strip, it is to open and close distance. When you're fencing, you know your range and ...


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It has been a while since I fenced, but my understanding of the foot position is to increase stability during a deep thrust like the one shown below. Look at the leg slightly above the "C" of the fencer on the right. Were their foot in any other position, they would not be able to extend as much.


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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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A few simple piece of advice for anyone thinking of starting their own club. First and foremost, your finances and the club's finances must be separate in all legal sense. If you take a loan, this must be for the club and not yourself. If you seek funding, it must be as the club and not yourself. This will protect you in case something bad happens to the ...


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In most cases, sword flex is only for the sake of durability and excessive flexibility is likely to interfere with doing proper damage with your blade. A major exception is the urumi, or "whip blade", where that flexibility is used to use it as more of a "soft weapon", able to make more use of centrifugal momentum and to curve around ...


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I still remember the start of my very first fencing lesson at school. We had no swords, the instructor just paired is up and gave us a game. We had to touch each other with our right thumbs and shout whenever a touch landed. Five minutes later we were all laughing when he suddenly shouted "freeze!". We all did. "You are all standing with one arm out and one ...


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I would look at joining the HEMA Alliance, they can provide a lot of help. They also provide insurance, which is a nice perk. In addition, their forums, and their groups on facebook are great places to figure out how to run a club.


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From a Historic European Martial Arts (HEMA) perspective, you have some options open to you: Punch you opponent. Drop your lower hand and use that hand for punching, while maintaining pressure on the sticks with your other hand. Grab your opponent's weapon with your lower hand, then go to town using the short end of your stick, the point of your stick, or ...


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It seems that the mutual death was much more probable result of the combat with small swords or rapier, than with saber... The thrust usually did not have an immediate effect, so often the mortally wounded fencer had enough time and force to stab his opponent in turn, before falling on the ground due to loss of blood. The simultaneous, or almost simultaneous,...


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Sticks don't "get stuck". There's no cross guard to catch the main body of the weapon. If you ended up in a position of stick vs. stick without momentum, it would break into a different position very quickly: You can grab their stick for a disarm, lock, or to open them for an attack (and you'd probably want to do so before they do the same to you) You can ...


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My friend studies HEMA-German Long Sword, and while I practice with him, I don't have any particular advice for how to practice the style. What I would like to say is, especially in the beginning, make sure that you are consistent with scheduling. I have seen many groups form, continue for a couple of weeks and then someone is late or someone doesn't show (...


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There are two types of steel, hard steel and soft steel. The purpose of hard steel is edge retention. The purpose of soft steel is absorbing shock. The purpose of blade flex is so the sword does not shatter on the first strike. Here's the most basic thing about swords, ANY SWORD, no matter the culture. When they hit too many hard things, they stop being ...


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In Shotokan karate, the stance is known as kokustu-dachi. It is a defensive stance that keeps the target area farther away from the opponent, yet easily shifts into a front stance/lunge (zenkustu-dachi) when an opponent leaves an opening. I assume it is the same with fencing. The back foot, at a right angle to the front (which is pointed at the opponent), ...


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I can only comment definitively on the dan pai wudang system, as opposed to fu pai or chou pai, which was passed to me from my teacher via two students of Li Jing Lin. I was taught it is the wrist cut. Wrists are the closest target Slicing the tendons ends combat Minimal contact with bone to preserve the edge In wudang we use the waist and much of the ...


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Although blade flex's primary role is durability, preventing the sword from bending/shattering/otherwise breaking... There is another benefit A certain degree of blade flex will also make cutting easier, because your blade alignment doesn't have to be perfect. This can be seen in test cutting, especially in slow-motion. More flexible swords (like tulwars/...


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Since this question hasn't yet generated an answer, here's my guess: There has been much discussion on the deficiencies of disarming technique against even an unskilled knife wielder, and swords are exponentially more dangerous, both for their range and versatility. Slapping away the attackers blade is the only defense I know of that has been proposed, and ...


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I can't answer this is in the realm of dueling and fencing, but the experience of the US military fighting Moro rebels in the Philippines is relevant. In the Moro Rebellion, Moro Muslim Juramentados in suicide attacks continued to charge against American soldiers even after being shot. Soldiers would shoot the Moros and mortally wound them, but this ...


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I'm afraid that you'd have to ask the people at the rapier class you attended, because not all HEMA practioners outlaw a Sixte. It is possible that they don't actually have anything against a Sixte, but you were practicing a Quarte, so they were simply chiding you to follow the drill.


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I really don't know how to explain this. The movies are there for entertainment. Everything you see there is entertainment and has little to no relationship to reality. Please don't think that you can look at anything you see in any movie and assume it in any way represents anything which has or does or would happen in reality. Scholagladiatoria on this ...


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It's an interesting question, and derives from ideas like Musashi's "The warrior is already dead." In the context of an honor/shame society, death is not the issue, but the manner of one's death. Presumably, two peerless Samurai of equal skill would have no choice but to see the duel to its conclusion. But this does suggest an emphasis on death, ...


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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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