I have been swordfighting since I was a little kid. First it was sticks (green Chinese privet hedge, a butter dish guard with a hole in it) , later it was PVC, at one point we used cheap Indian Sabers, decided they were too dangerous (we were not smart enough to grind the points off, and a little tape wrapped around the tip didn’t prevent a few scars), and then we found the SCA. And OH MY helmets! That’s right, previous to this we never wore a mask, and I only wore glasses to see.
I started in the SCA and modern fencing about the same time. stayed with the SCA and a few years later started SCA fencing as well as the stick combat. I practiced it like a martial art and became very successful early on. I read historical manuals, that were available in english or english translations. I looked closely at the pictures of those I could read. About the year 2000 I began to seriously study the extant manuals and learn about historical swordsmanship. I began to teach what I had discovered, and had a class of some type on and off since then.
I primarily use Fiore de liberi’s arte d’armizare as the source for the style of swordsmanship I teach and practice. It covers wrestling, dagger, sword in one hand, sword in two hands, armored sword fighting, the poleaxe, the spear, and even the same things ( wrestling, sword, spear in armor and without) on horseback. The principles derived from the text even serve to train for modern self defense and military saber.
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