Gordon L wrote:Originally, the only Olympic weapons were the fleuret and the sabre. The épée was added soon afterwards. Singlestick was an Olympic weapon briefly (iirc as a demonstration event - I'll confirm one way or the other if anyone wants). Rapier and dagger was also proposed as an Olympic event, but never formed part of the Olympics.
Phil C wrote:It was a competitive event- for decades they were the only Olympic medals the US won at fencing
However if issues like aesthetics and ease of carrying/wearing play a part then that evolution, and the changes it dictates may well be a departure away from simple combat efficacy.
The Salmon Lord wrote:Captain Hutton was on the 1908 organising committee.
Gordon L wrote:However if issues like aesthetics and ease of carrying/wearing play a part then that evolution, and the changes it dictates may well be a departure away from simple combat efficacy.
I'd say there's a world of difference between changes which may be a departure from simple combat efficiency, and changes which remove all "reality" and "even any attempt at reality".
Gordon L wrote:The Olympic epée is the weight it is, because that is the weight and design of the weapon that people actually used in earnest.
Which is a bit of a bugger for arguments along the lines of "there's no reality to" Olympic rules epée.
Gordon L wrote:Now that some others have moved us onto the subject of the light sabre - I'd like to correct a widely communicated misconception about them.
Used with proper technique, they do not flick.
They only flick if you attack with the flat of the blade, which is patently not a useful cut.
Gordon L wrote:Oh, and one of my favourite factoids - on page two of "Cold Steel", Hutton recommends that you train with the light sabre - i.e. the things that I have heard variously derided as "those whippy car aerial things", or "Fairy sabres".
And (one of) my teacher's teacher(s), Royal Marines sword instructor and the European Military Sabre champion of around 1950, seemed happy to train with it, too.
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