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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
8:37 pm
[johnraptor]
European Medieval Martial Arts
There's a great article on USA Today about the current revival of European martial arts from the middle ages and renaissance. A few snippets below. Click the title for the whole article.

Martial arts take a Western turn
Elizabeth Weise, USA Today
"Cool. Knights!" exclaims a little boy, part of a YMCA preschool class next door, as children pressed their faces against the glass door to watch.

He's right. These are the knightly arts of a long-ago time.

The growing interest in European martial art traditions comes 60 years after Eastern martial arts gained popularity in the USA, brought home by World War II servicemen stationed in Japan. And today the plethora of karate, judo, tae kwon do and kung fu studios filling America's strip malls makes it seem as if all martial arts come from Asia.

But Western Europe has a long tradition of both armed and unarmed combat traditions. The very phrase "martial arts" goes back to Mars, the Roman god of war.

[...]

For many, the draw is the love of history, the desire for a good workout and the beauty of the forms.

But get one of them all sweaty after an hour doing the intricate dance-plus-power-lunges that is medieval swordfighting, and they'll admit that it's just "wildly cool," says Craig Johnson, 35, who studies the long sword in Kelowna, British Columbia.

"You grow up watching the movies, and suddenly you get the chance to do it," Johnson says. "There's a reason it's been so romanticized. Let's be honest: A sword is cooler than a gun."


X-Posted to johnraptor and fantasy_studies

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Monday, June 4th, 2007
8:35 pm
[sword_woman86]
New here

Hail all!
I'm new to this community, but am very impressed with it. 
My weapon of choice is the hand and a half sword.
I've been sword fighting for almost four years, though living in the city now I can't do it nearly as much as I would like to.

To put it simply: I love swords. There is just something about them that draws me to them. There is a peace, and grace, and beauty that you would not expect to come from a weapon. This of course, draws many strange looks when I try to explain it.  So there you have it. I hope that there are people here who understand what I mean. 
Also, I love historical reenacting. Specifically the Renaissance and American Civil War. 
Eventually, I would love to get into jousting as well. 
Okay then, again, Hail!
And good night,
Macilwen

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Tuesday, March 6th, 2007
7:23 am
[johnraptor]
Some excellent demonstrations of historical longsword techniques.







(x-posted to fantasy_studies)

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Monday, December 11th, 2006
9:33 pm
[johnraptor]
Does anyone know what the kind of sword used by the Magi in The Mummy Returns is called? It's some kind of recurved scimitar.

EDIT: I think I figured it out. It's a Turkish yatagan.

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Monday, November 27th, 2006
9:12 am
[johnraptor]

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Tuesday, June 20th, 2006
8:11 am
[geebaloo]
ok so I havent posted in this ever ..I think.. So heres some info..
My name is Carmen. I've been doing historical fencing for almost 4 years now. I love the art, it is so much fun. In a few years I am going to start working with Cut and Thrust...which is the larger blades....They swing like mashetties ( not sure if i spelled it right.) and require full armor. Anyways just thought i'd say hi and let you all know a little bit about me.
Carmen

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Tuesday, December 27th, 2005
12:07 am
[strike2002]
greetings
I sought after a sword community, and I found a sword community.

and an impressive one at that. So perhaps some info is needed... Names Ryan and I have started collecting swords, mostly of the Katana classification, but I do have a broad sword as my center piece. With a modest grouping of about 6 swords and a variety of knives I would hope to be on my way to a somewhat impressive collection.

Having found local sword people in my local community and at school, we blade from time to time as a form of disipline ( non-sharp edges for the health concious ones out there ) with each of us having some martial arts background for extra added disipline.

but here is what I seek from you fine people. I want to meet new bladers and new collectors ( if you are in the Minnesota/ Wisconsin area, that is even better ). And if any of you know how to make icons, that would be even better. I am looking for a icon with a Katana that says " I live by my blade, and I shall die by my blade. "

but now with the hard part aside, I would hope to be welcomed into your community.

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Friday, December 2nd, 2005
4:57 pm
[johnraptor]
Sword art
Beautiful 3D rendered katana on DeviantArt:

http://www.deviantart.com/view/25249489/

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Thursday, October 27th, 2005
12:44 pm
[fagothic]
Hello all. Just a new person here. I learned how to fight with a sword as an extention of matial arts. Now that I no longer study at a dojo, it's mostly me and my friends using wooden swords (not padded) for fun and stress relief.

I'd love to get into re-enactment, but I just don't have the time right now.

That's all for now.

Peace.

(Slice Me)

Friday, October 21st, 2005
1:38 pm
[gankul]
New
Hi,

New to this Community. Just like to say what i have done and what i use.

I have been doing Re-Enactment for over 5 years now, mainly with Western styles of fighting.
Mainly form Dark ages to late Crusades, so most of the Manuals do not really apply to that time, however, because i dont fight with that style only use the weaponry from there, i do use whatever works, so i pick and choose from manual to manual with what works.
We are metal Weapons group.

I currently use:

Single Weapon - (Longsword, Shortsword, Single Axe, Dagger)
Two Weapons - (Dfferent combinations of axe, Short and long sword and dagger)
Spear - (ranging from 5foot to 12foot)
Sword and Shield - (Ranging from small round shield to Heater and Kite, with short, long sword and dagger, as well as axe)
Polearm - (From general Early on farming implements, to the later Bills and Halberds)
Quartre Staff
Longbow - Currently 45lbs but will be getting a 90lb bow shortly.
Philipino stick fighting (Using 1 or 2 sticks)

I don't do martial arts, have never done a martial art. Might do one in future, but not at the moment.

I am not associated with the SCA at all, nor with any training school.

I live in Australia.

Thats about it. Im open to questions and all. :)

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2005
1:31 pm
[johnraptor]
Just dropping a note to let everyone know that Salamander Armoury has recently added an In Stock section. There's only a half-dozen daggers there right now, but the prices are good and there will probably be more pieces added later, so anyone interested in Atar's work will want to check back from time to time.

(Slice Me)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005
10:12 am
[iheartindiefilm]
whaddya think?

hey I just saw this piece of animation, was wondering if your thought it depicted sword fighting realistically, or if it was just doing computer animation gymnastics... thanks for the feedback

 

Duel - the film (less than 5 mins long)

eta - i fixed the link.

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Saturday, August 20th, 2005
1:16 am
[agnorblan]
Let me clarify a little
Ok, both of these masters are fighting to the death, both are unarmored, the kendo master has a katana and other guy has only his one sword/foil/rapior, finally both or the masters have the same amount of experiance. This is a battle of stlyes not the men themselves.

Also nice to see a little interest on the board guys.

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Thursday, August 18th, 2005
11:51 pm
[agnorblan]
Who would win in a fight?
Who do you guys think would win in a fight, a master of kendo or a master of any version of fencing? Also state your argument to why they would win.

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Sunday, July 31st, 2005
6:58 pm
[agnorblan]
new dude here
yo guys i just joined and i have replied to one of the older questions so it may be best to ignore that even though there is some good info there. anyway i have had an obssesion with swords and other weaponry for a long time ad now i have a small collection of seven swords and its growing fast. i hope we can get some kick ass conversations going over our sharp friends soon. o yeah i am a gup 7 in kumdo and also i have a natural proficancy with most swords and other weapons so we should all compare fighting styles or something soon. with that i leave you all with this remark-

Normality is just a standard that can never be reached therefor nobody is normal.

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Friday, July 1st, 2005
1:30 pm
[fireofthedawn]
Swords.

Hello all! I'm really glad I found this community.
I've been obsessed with swords since I was a very small child. I have a wooden practice sword and some toy ones I used to play with when I was younger. I never thought I would be able to share that love (my friends all agree I am weird. ^_^), so I'm glad I found a place where everyone is just as "weird" as I am. I don't have much experience with swords, but I'm hoping to change that as I've found a fencing club nearby me, and I can't wait to join.

Personally, I would rather learn real sword fighting, not fencing. A friend of mine had gone to the same fencing club and a real sword fighter took him under his wing. I'm hoping the same will happen to me.  Still, I'm hoping fencing will be fun; why should I turn down such a good opportunity to learn something new?!

So, does any one have any tips for someone new to the art of fencing, and hopefully real sword fighting? How do I build some muscles, and which ones should I focus on? I'd appreciate ANY tips even remotely related to swords/fencing/sword fighting.

Also, has anyone experienced the Zone? I don't know the real name for it, but it's like... your vision centers down on the target(s) and nothing but that exists... Pain, fatigue... you just barely register them, if at all. Your mind goes blank, fully concentrated on what you’re doing. It's almost like funnel vision. I can't seem to explain it any better than that. =/

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
7:50 pm
[carpetass]
Woot, finally joined a community. Yeah yeah, I'm a swashbuckler and specialize in found weapon stage combat, mostly cooking utensils. I'm a fighter in a Ren fair in the North West known as Greenwood, we travel but we’re based out of the tri-cities. I play a chef so I can do cool stuff like have a rapiers vs spatula and ladle fight, or the broadsword vs 4 foot steel whisk (the most impressive "weapon" in my arsenal). I'm also well trained in rapier, hand and a half broad sword, and the quarter staff, as well as unarmed. I’m best with staff though.

Current Mood: happy

(Slice Me)

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005
1:48 am
[maverickz3r0]
Hello...
Um, hi, I'm new here. I was recently browsing some sword/dagger sites and completely failing to find my favorite kind of dagger, so...yeah. I'm not sure where that sentence was supposed to go. My favorite dagger is the sai (Japanese three-point dagger), but I also like generally any medieval weapons (especially Japnese ones. Shurikens, but also crossbows rank high.) I own a couple of (currently unsharpened until I get a license to have them sharpened) daggers and actually a longbow too (but without arrows).
I'm willing to talk about pretty much any kind of bladed weapons. Or, heck, anything without an actual trigger.
(Also, I know a great Sword site that actually has sais on it, and is the only on I've found that has. I'll look up the address again and post it when I get the chance.)

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2005
1:35 am
[mercenarytoast]
Does anyone know of a good website to get swords or pole arms made of decent steel? No stainless, and no high carbon spring. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Monday, March 28th, 2005
1:41 am
[odin_trollsbane]
Hi there,

I use purely European weaponry, focusing on the Dark Ages, though I am also rather handy with my rather weighty cavalry sabre. As well as a good longblade, I'm a serious fan of the Daneaxe.

Anyway, that's a general introduction, hello!

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