Summer holidays are over, so my medieval swordfighting lessons started again yesterday. Yeah!
Swordfighting in our case means you learn the martial arts according to medieval manuscripts. The art of fighting was pretty well evolved in the late middle ages, as you can imagine. It is taught as it would have been in the middle ages, so not as a sport. We do sometimes spar (with some restricting rules), though, of course. About 1/3 of us uses metal swords, the rest (including me) uses wooden hand-and-a-half practice swords. To give an idea, here are some items of last night’s training:
Swordfighting is remarkably simple and hard at the same time. The basic principles are few. The basic stances are two handful. That’s manageable. But when it gets down to the details.... All at the same time, you have to watch loads of details. Some I have problems with:
Ah well, enough room for improvement.
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