Hungarian Historical Sabre-fencing School
Just a quick summary of the information from their site.
After a thorough warm-up they practice basic cuts & parries, then polish different techniques in pairs, then free sparring. They specifically indicate that during training they emphasise sparring activities. They do use wooden sabres and protecting equipment: different gloves, head gear etc.
An excerpt from their homepage:
"The essential skill that needs to be learned for wielding a sabre is a series of swift
motions, a still living tradition in the martial arts of Inner Asia. When reconstructing the swordplay of the ancient Hungarians, we also studied this tradition, as well as the Hungarian folk traditions which have preserved these movements in traditional shepherd's dances, which often imitate the duel of two men."
Because there are no written sources of ancient Hungarian sabre fencing - from 9th to 18th C - these guys are using a mixture of ethnography, experimental archaeology etc. to recreate it. BTW the leader of the group is dr Csaba Hidan, PhD, archaeologist and historian.
Further pictures:http://www.aranyszablya.hu/galeria/thum ... hp?album=1
P.S.: I will contact all these groups and will inform them about your survey.
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