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by john h
Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:23 pm
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Custom Stances/Guards
Replies: 32
Views: 1621

Re: Custom Stances/Guards

http://i45.tinypic.com/29bnk2u.png That would leave your left arm on the outside of your defense, and not in a position to really do much when it is targeted. It only leaves one poor strike as an option from it and is extremely susceptible to a thrust. If you are going to have your left arm outside...
by john h
Fri Mar 08, 2013 11:16 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Custom Stances/Guards
Replies: 32
Views: 1621

Re: Custom Stances/Guards

Jonathan Allen wrote:Image


That's more of the correct way I was referring to, the blade isn't really behind but to the side of you. This closes off that side, so you naturally better be sure the opponents blade is on the other side of your blade.
by john h
Thu Mar 07, 2013 5:54 pm
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Custom Stances/Guards
Replies: 32
Views: 1621

Re: Custom Stances/Guards

So what you have is a hanging guard, I don’t know if there is a text that uses it but it’s a transition point. My assessment of the weaknesses: The problem I see with yours is the blade is center body (unless that's a real bad angle) so you have left half your body exposed in this position. Let’s sa...
by john h
Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:43 pm
Forum: Misc. HEMA Topics
Topic: Idea for an afterblow
Replies: 34
Views: 1395

Re: Idea for an afterblow

If you consider the later period texts, hand sniping was considered a dueling tactic while head shots were what was concentrated on for warfare. Burton has one of the best sections on hand sniping around and was renowned for it but he was considered a buffoon when it came to military training. The m...
by john h
Mon Mar 04, 2013 9:18 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Suggestions for developing longsword footwork?
Replies: 17
Views: 1636

Re: Suggestions for developing longsword footwork?

What would your sport fencing coach have done to you if you couldn't get your footwork down? That's right, the hell of all training: He would put you in the corner and have you just do your footwork! No partner to play with just you and the floor, most the time no blade to play with either! Advance,...
by john h
Sat Mar 02, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Misc. HEMA Topics
Topic: Idea for an afterblow
Replies: 34
Views: 1395

Re: Idea for an afterblow

One of the concepts behind the afterblow rule is that you cannot guarantee that the desired effect will actually happen. There are plenty of historical and modern examples of people taking hits to the head and center chest and still fighting on, killing their opponent and then dying or sometimes liv...
by john h
Fri Mar 01, 2013 9:09 am
Forum: Misc. HEMA Topics
Topic: Idea for an afterblow
Replies: 34
Views: 1395

Re: Idea for an afterblow

There are many ‘examples’ of double hits where one attacker hit his opponent in the head ‘down to the teeth’ and then gets hit by his opponents blade. The statement that the ‘force went out of their blow’ is usually the only reason the first guy survived. If you are going to have any hits being a ‘s...
by john h
Tue Feb 26, 2013 3:29 pm
Forum: Exploratory Ideas (Scholarship)
Topic: Dealing with a real life suicide fighter
Replies: 45
Views: 5710

Re: Dealing with a real life suicide fighter

Getting on the soap box. First off the term suicidal fencer is in my opinion a bad term. We use it today to talk about someone who didn’t look to their own defenses while you attacked them and instead of defending themselves they attacked you. We call them that because instead of defending themselv...
by john h
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:46 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Why not fight from static guards?
Replies: 56
Views: 3233

Re: Why not fight from static guards?

So if this idea that you should constantly be switching guards is to have any credence to it, then people who do switch guards should have an advantage over those who do not. Yes some people still fight by sitting in one guard the whole fight, but from my experience it is because their opponent let ...
by john h
Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:33 am
Forum: Misc. HEMA Topics
Topic: Polish BOTN training.
Replies: 43
Views: 2257

Re: Polish BOTN training.

One thing is the HEMA groups deciding what tool is best for their freeplay, another thing is the HEMA groups deciding what is good for some other groups training. This is a thread about the training of the BOtN guys, not the HEMA guys... These guys invest quite a lot of money into their armor and we...

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