Edged weapons are not pretend lightsabers.
June 15, 2012 5:16 PM Subscribe
posted by Bunny Ultramod (72 comments total)
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Today's I09 has a guest column by John Clements titled "Swordfighting: Not What You Think It Is."
And it isn't.
So who is John Clements? Well, according to The Association for Renaissance Martial Arts page
(an association he directs), Clements "is a leading authority on historical fencing and one of the world’s foremost instructors of Medieval and Renaissance fighting methods." (Of course, he is not without his supporters and detractors
Where do you get that sort of specialized knowledge? As it turns out, in the Medieval era, impreesively titled "Masters of Defense" (a professional guild; example
) actually wrote it down
. (More samples
It's nothing like the gentlemanly fencing long-favored onstage and in films; neither is it the rough hacking and slashing found in grittier historical dramas and fantasy films. As Clements writes in I09: "Rather, Medieval and Renaissance sword fighting was a hell of a lot more violent, brutal, ferocious, and astonishingly effective. "
If only we could see samples of this fighting. OH WAIT. Clements has some unexpectedly (and accidentally) hilarious videos online that nonetheless show a lost form of martial combat that just ... looks ... old timey are foreign in the way that, say, barknuckle boxing
looks odd to us.
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