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Romancing the Sword [re-post]

Romancing the Sword [re-post]

The final release poster for Alita: Battle Angel is out and she’s holding some weirdly unidentifiable, but cool-looking sword. A 26th-century cyborg still needs a sword. Cue Hellboy reboot and in the poster, the guy who carries an unfeasibly large calibre revolver is holding… a sword. As is… Transformer‘s own Optimus Primus Stove, a thirty-foot … Romancing the Sword Read More » ...
The HEMA Heresy

The HEMA Heresy

Almost all our our study of historical European martial arts is based on original period manuscripts by fencing masters of the time. But practical issues in reconstructing the techniques often raises suspicions about some of the content… ...
Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’

Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’

Mr Edward William Barton-Wright was an English railway engineer who travelled widely and formulated what today we call a mixed martial art. Barton-Wright combined elements of boxing, jujitsu, cane fighting (la cane), and French kick boxing (savat) in order to create a self defence system that could be used by gentlemen on the mean streets … Bartitsu and the ‘New Art of Self Defence’ Read More » ...
Unreal tournament – when HEMA turns to ‘tag’

Unreal tournament – when HEMA turns to ‘tag’

When you ‘train to the treatise’ but spar and compete to tournament rules, there’s a danger that the swordplay looks less like the historical sources and more like a grown-up game of tag. ...
Cut and thrust: the mechanics of the sword [Guest Post]

Cut and thrust: the mechanics of the sword [Guest Post]

By: Martin J. Dougherty. There are many possible weapons that can be put in the hand of a warrior. Some are better suited to certain tasks than others, yet all of them are designed to do the same thing – to incapacitate or kill an opponent. ...