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Old 07-01-2009, 10:16 AM   #11
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

Am I the only for whom the swordfight in "Rob Roy" popped into mind?

I thought I knew something about this, but am apparently nearly completely ignorant.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:29 PM   #12
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

Not until now, but I must say: I love that movie.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:35 PM   #13
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

SCA fighting...ranges from kids whacking each other with bamboo sticks ( or something like that ) to almost some swordplay. Fencing is fun and all ( don't we all want to be Erroll Flynn at some time? ).

Me, I'm a weapons snob, so...well...yeah. Hard to figure that out.

Time to go drool at John Lundemo or Castlekeep Forge's swords again.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:43 PM   #14
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When I was a teenager a friend of mine was getting broadsword fighting lessons from a neighbor, who was somehow qualified though I never learned how. I was so jealous, I HATED him. Comforted myself by learning classical Italian style fencing. Me? I wanna be Maestro Gaugler. Or at least take some classes from him. But as I'm an art historian and he's a profesor of archaeology, I think his life sounds just about perfect...like a real-life Indiana Jones!
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:14 PM   #15
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

Interesting enough a lot of the FMA seem to employ many of the Spanish fighting ( like the circle and the difference places to be ) maneuvers.

I like the rapier or saber enough but there is something about a broadsword that is more akin to my personality.
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:26 PM   #16
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

Always wanted to learn Kendo, too. Did learn a bit with the bokken when I was learning Taijutsu. I don't find fencing as intuitive as that, but challenging and fun. Geez, I moved away from my Salle about 5 years ago and now I'm thinking of pulling out my epee. I'd learn broadsword in a heartbeat if I could find a good teacher.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:36 PM   #17
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If it's the taijutsu I think you are talking about, not all those doing taijutsu are competent with even the basics of bokuto are sometimes that is simply the extent of their swordwork, unfortunately. I'm sure Barry could agree with what I'm saying as well.

I had the fun and opportunity to work with some WMA at ren faires and it was pretty neat. Besides having to change some mechanics for the type of weapon, many of the mechanics are similar from JSA to WMA as well as the empty hand work in armor.
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Old 07-02-2009, 04:54 AM   #18
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Re: Swordfighting...Are there classes offered anywhere?

Taijutsu is all over the place. I've been lucky to have some decent kenjutsu and iaijutsu instructors.

I have an iaito, and will still pull it out and practice sometimes. It's very good meditation. Very zen.
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Old 07-02-2009, 01:42 PM   #19
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I prefer iai with shinken but a mogito works. Typically it's a weight difference besides the fact that I must be very zanshin so I don't cut off my ear or nipple. They are both important to me.

Sharps have a different feel to them anyways.

However, I don't really do enough suburi. I should do it as active recovery, maybe.
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