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by KeithFarrell
Mon Feb 27, 2017 11:25 am
Forum: Misc. HEMA Topics
Topic: Approaching Sparring
Replies: 5
Views: 292

Re: Approaching Sparring

I have written a few blog articles on the subject, I hope they may be helpful: Sparring: not always the best training method to become better at sparring Learning to apply a difficult technique in sparring Making Mutieren work in sparring The third article is a case study of the second, so those two...
by KeithFarrell
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:53 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Zucken
Replies: 16
Views: 1410

Re: Zucken

Thanks. So I should pull the sword back (zuck / ruck) by rotating the hips to the right or passing back? I would say that it depends greatly on the exact circumstances in which you find yourself. Sometimes you may have to do it one way, sometimes another, and sometimes yet another way. If you maint...
by KeithFarrell
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Zucken
Replies: 16
Views: 1410

Re: Zucken

How do you Zucken faster and more efficiently regarding mechanics? The only thing I could come up with was that push-pull (I mean, pull with the front hand and push with the back hand). The "push pull" idea with the hands is a very inefficient way to do anything, especially if you want yo...
by KeithFarrell
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:52 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Can i get a Account for Wiktenauer as "Amateur"?
Replies: 2
Views: 364

Re: Can i get a Account for Wiktenauer as "Amateur"?

If you get in touch with Michael Chidester, the director of the Wiktenauer, then he should be able to discuss the issue with you. Send him an email/PM through this forum, or find him on Facebook, and he should be able to help.
by KeithFarrell
Tue Oct 11, 2016 8:45 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Review: Black Armoury HEMA Jacket
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Re: Review: Black Armoury HEMA Jacket

Wih'glah wrote:I am probably going to buy one of these - but the sizing worries me.

What size are you and what size did you get?


I am wearing the size 0, which is roughly analogous to the small SPES jacket.
by KeithFarrell
Tue Sep 13, 2016 3:41 am
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Review: Black Armoury HEMA Jacket
Replies: 1
Views: 570

Review: Black Armoury HEMA Jacket

http://www.academyofhistoricalarts.co.uk/shop/images/BA/BA-jacket.jpg I have been testing the Black Armoury HEMA jacket for a few weeks now, and I think it is an excellent jacket, worth recommending. It has been tested in friendly sparring, private tuition, and competitions, and I have been using i...
by KeithFarrell
Tue Aug 16, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Various Newbie Questions
Replies: 6
Views: 520

Re: Various Newbie Questions

Hello everyone, I'm a hobbyist game-maker and was meaning to ask some general questions about swordsmanship as part of my research for a game I'm making. I'm going to make a basic list of characteristics swords might have and allow the player to forge their own. Do flamberge style blades really mak...
by KeithFarrell
Wed Aug 10, 2016 8:06 am
Forum: Exploratory Ideas (Scholarship)
Topic: Strong/weak vs edge/flat vs full/half
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Strong/weak vs edge/flat vs full/half

By full and half strikes I mean strikes delivered at full speed which go all the path through a wide or open guard (vom tag, falcone, alta, open fight,...) to the opposite (alber, mezzana porta di ferro, larga guardie,...) or controlled strikes that finish in a point-online guard (stretta guardie, ...
by KeithFarrell
Wed Aug 10, 2016 7:55 am
Forum: Research & Techniques
Topic: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner
Replies: 7
Views: 847

Re: Insight / Advice Needed - Sabre & Cutlass Beginner

I'll second Keith Farrell's book. Not only a guide to sabre/broadsword, it gives you the history, the cultural context, the background, everything. And it doesn't just teach you how to do sabre/broadsword/singlestick, it teaches you how you teach yourself. It's like a textbook, not a how-to-guide. ...
by KeithFarrell
Wed Aug 10, 2016 2:10 am
Forum: Exploratory Ideas (Scholarship)
Topic: Strong/weak vs edge/flat vs full/half
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Strong/weak vs edge/flat vs full/half

What do you mean by "half strikes" and "full strikes"? Generally speaking, having your strong on his weak is an insurmountable advantage to you; there's almost nothing he can do other than try to disengage and escape. Having your edge on his flat is useful - but if you have the e...

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