BTW, I forgot to mention that I just hooked up with the New York Historical Association. It is a local WMA group in my area. It is a low cost group, about $20 a month. I have not been with them long enough to offer any opinion. So I definetly support Rammstien's stament of doing WMA in addition to SCA fighting. One has to go to each of these practices with an open mind and gain whatever knowledge each one has to offer. I am not interested in trying to change the rules.
Samuraimatt, can you post a video of your snap? If I had to guess, I would say that you are swinging wide. Start with the sword handle near your shoulder and punch out from there with a slight twist of the hip as I explain on my website. The weight of the weapon should not be an issue. The snap works with maces, axes and hammers too. The heavier the weapon, the more hip you will need.
Using you hip means your arm does less work. That is a good way to conserve strength. Conserving stength is an important part of fighting. Occasionaly, when fighting you will also want to throw snaps with just your arm (if you can). This gives less warning and is less easily blocked. However, it is more tiring and you will want use it sparingly.
An example would be to throw three succesive snaps in the same tempo using the hip. On the fourth one you will break that tempo and throw your snap with just the arm. You might get through.
Rammstein, I will definitely check out WMA, too. The more expertise, the better. Tsafa, the snap works much better now, to start from the hips, like cracking a whip. That seems to be the best way to get a heavy weapon to do what you want it to do. Does anyone know techniques for using JUST an arming sword? I've looked at the Grosse Messer texts, but the strategy there seems to be block a strike with a counter-cut, then close distance and grapple. Any thoughts?
You may want to check out George Silver manual for single sword fighting. A popular interpetation is English Swordmanship- The True Fight of George Silver by Stephan Hand. This fighting style is post 15th century. George Silver hated the Italian rapier and constructed a system of fighting to compete with that. Silver's style is more cut oriented and uses a broadsword. He seems to favor starting in the high guard and working from there.
I started reading the book and found it somewhat harder to follow then the longsword interpetations I have studied. I may need to go through the fighting system with someone who has a mastery over it to understand it better. For now I favor the Italian system with the rapier over the English.
Here is a link to George Silver's original text, Parodoxes of Defence published in 1599.
Rammstien, you might find this particularly interesting. I was talking with my mentor about the MSR rules. Interestingly, they recognize unarmored areas. That means that draw cuts and slices can be made to those areas with lighter force. It is posible for people to use curved rattan in the shape of sabers, katana's or longswords and taget unarmored areas. The rules in this organization seem to specificly set up different hitting calibrations for differently armored areas. I think that is a step closer to what you were looking for.
Katsu: Hey Merch! Just wanted you to see this
Sept 12, 2023 13:12:00 GMT
nerdthenord: Lol, well that’s on them
Sept 8, 2023 16:40:43 GMT
RufusScorpius: Not so good. Had a big argument with my housemates. They said the place was haunted, I said I've lived there 183 years and never saw a ghost.
Sept 8, 2023 16:04:53 GMT
nerdthenord: Also, how you doing Scorp? Doing ok myself.
Sept 8, 2023 13:37:45 GMT
nerdthenord: It's pretty cool that water can be neutral, an acid, or a base without changing any of it's physical properties, but instead the theoretical definition of acidity used.
Sept 8, 2023 13:31:43 GMT
nerdthenord: I do love that when you talk about acids and based with a chemist though you have to specify what theory and definition of acids you are using. It's very easy to teach and understand the PH Scale, but it's not nearly as simple in real life
Sept 8, 2023 13:30:49 GMT
nerdthenord: True, it can't be completely dismissed in extreme conditions. I personally doubt it would be "Normal" matter, with protons, neutrons, and electrons though. Might be exotic matter like quark matter. Big disclaimer, I am not a theoretical Chemist either.
Sept 8, 2023 13:29:03 GMT
RufusScorpius: I wonder if there's another planet where their swords are made from Unseptbium and the hobbyists there are arguing about the properties of it's various alloys?
Sept 8, 2023 13:16:11 GMT
RufusScorpius: the existence of elements beyond the 7th period can't be dismissed. Like the theory of proton decay, we don't have the technology to devise an experiment to confirm or deny it. Esoteric elements MAY exist around neutron stars, magnetars, and etc.
Sept 8, 2023 13:11:54 GMT
AndiTheBarvarian: Nuclear physicists are the nuclear constituents' accessories to deliberate about themselves!
Sept 8, 2023 6:49:26 GMT
nerdthenord: There’s a reason I’m not a nuclear physicist lol
Sept 8, 2023 6:09:56 GMT
treeslicer: No, it's because proton charge repulsion overwhelms the strong nuclear force due to the increasing nuclear diameter. The nucleus is too fat rather than too heavy.
Sept 8, 2023 5:35:09 GMT
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