martin fabian wrote:Hi Herbert!
My very first question: What do you mean by unrealistic and what do you mean by realistic? I am a 21st century fencer reconstructing HEMAs techniques to train and practice (what we want to be) a martial art and a combat/competitive sport, with weapons similar in design and properties to those used before. And I, you and most of the HEMA population will (most probably) not ever face anyone with a sharp sword/weapon.
Yes, I agree and that is a "problem" I am quite happy to have.
But from our very privileged situation arises this problem: most of us tend to dismiss the danger that poses a sharp weapon. Due to our training we are all a lot more careless in our fighting than we would be if an error would cost us a limb, leave us with a considerable wound or would leave us dead.
I usually try to instill this feeling in our classes as well. One would not rush in head on without being sure to be protected. If you look at the I.33, it is all about this. I personally think that the longsword was used in a similar way. Different techniques but similar mindset.
martin fabian wrote:The video shows the way how we practice things after years of simple drills combined with sparring experience. From the point od didactics and martial practice it is very hard to train some things with absolute cautiosness, safety etc. and do it with the exact feelings some would say you should have when fighting "for real".
I totally agree with you. We can't train a deadly martial art while being secure and not being injured. We have to make amends somewhere. The question we all have to answer is: where? I do NOT have the ultimate answer to that.
martin fabian wrote:
Unrealistic speed? The schwerts I use in this video weigh 1,7 and the other more than 1,8kg, what weight do you mean? http://youtu.be/ByxdpgWS9GU
Crappy quality, but it is a "normal" sword that has got almost 2kg.
The weight of a sword has only a limited meaning. I just have returned from measuring some originals and I have handled quite a lot of them in the past few years. They are not as fast as the Feders are. The weight is not the problem but the distribution of the weight and other factors. I do NOT know the Feders you are using but as far as my experience goes I have yet to encounter a Feder that behaves like a sharp sword of the same length.
Hence you are faster in your technique and have a different binding situation with a lot less power. The inertia of the blade is completely different as is the time it need to act on your input.
These things are very hard to discuss on a forum. Usually I don't start this discussion but to be honest: your video showed a lot of dedication and work so I thought you might be interested in a different viewpoint - especially since you asked.
I do respect your work and I am not in a position to do it better - just different.
Maybe we meet at the Dreynevent if I manage to get the time I need.