bigdummy wrote:I think there are a lot of odd assumptions going on here.
I agree, it's just that the assumptions I find odd might not be the ones you do.
bigdummy wrote:swahili wrote:As we expand, we're all moving in different directions, and some of those directions are towards becoming a sport. We've had live streaming of a tournament already (which worries me far more than the USFCA issuing coaching certificates).
I wonder why?
Because a televised tournament seems much more like a sporting event. It conjures up thoughts in my mind of people playing to the rules in order to win, just like in sports fencing but with different rules to be got around, and different people in charge. That doesn't mean it is that, or that everyone who competes in tournaments thinks that. But you asked why I thought that, so you get my opinion.
bigdummy wrote:swahili wrote:We have attempts to present HEMA as a modern, professional, well-run activity (which implies in my mind standardised regulations and teaching certificates).
Why would it imply that to you?
Because to me, in the UK today, "modern, professional, well-run activity" means complying with insurance requirements, health and safety expectations, CBR checks, European regulations that should only really apply to professional athletes etc.
I'm not saying my concerns are any more valid/realistic than other people's concerns about closer relations with sports fencing, I'm just pointing out that nearly every advance in HEMA can be viewed by someone as being a cause for concern. We're not all doing the same HEMA, and what might be a good idea for some of us will fill others with dread.
bigdummy wrote:Who are these fencers who have already ditched the "dusty old manuscripts" and are just concentrating on derivative fencing systems?
Obviously not the people you fence with, which is good. But I see this in some of the people I fence with, and that influences what I think, because it influences the clubs I fence at. If it's not a problem for you, then feel free to ignore it. But there seem to be enough people on this forum that do see this as a problem.