Fab wrote:Experimental archaeology requires a set of methods, fixed goals, a framed setting, hypothesis and other complicated words and general scientific cautionary protocols. So simply playing with sword-shaped objects while looking at strangely-dressed people in old books isn't proper experimental archaeology. It needs to be done with style, a purpose, and a sense of self-seriousness. Sometimes.
One might even say : the "reconstructive" part of HEMA, ie trying to make sense of what we think we have decyphered, is the "experimental" part.
Training for being good at using said principles and techniques isn't.
Thearos wrote:Let me spell out the point to you: training ONLY in HEMA is a different activity from doing EMA-- because of its similiarities with experimental archaeology or, indeed, reenacting: it's a historically oriented activity. It's nature is different from practising MMA. Do you see its relevance ? If not I can't help you.
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