Cutlery Penguin wrote:In HEMA we still value this concept, we care deeply about the inner strength of a fighter getting up again and fighting one more time even if it hurts.
I'm impressed by those that engage in those sorts of practices but many of us do HEMA related activities exactly because they don't hurt- and go quite far out of our way to not doing or using things that may prove painful or even overly exhausting, such as flexi-weapons, lighter sticks, padding, focussing on less "visceral" treatises &c.?
The very reason I,and many others I teach and encounter, do "tool" based Arts, particularly those of the later eras, is because they don't cause as great, if any, pain, such as karate or boxing or many of the unarmed Arts do or have any of the potential for injury that longsword has, especially if grappling &c. is involved. The sportily-inclined chaps who like badminton but wouldn't do rugby, if you will.
In short those of us closer to the "romance" than "reality" of weapons use, who still maintain an ethic of "doing what the books tells us to do".