“Sword go whack”
In a poll that’s the No. 1 answer a group of fencers gave when asked why they first signed up to Broadsword classes.
Not the many other possible reasons, such as:
- Studying a cut and thrust fencing style that dominated the British Isles for hundreds of years.
- Training in an authentic style of swordsmanship informed by sixteen separate historical manuals written by master fencers.
- Learning one of the most flexible styles in history with techniques for offhand bucklers, strapped shields, daggers and more.
- Getting a feel for what a genuine sword fight from the past would have felt like using authentic techniques, specially forged equipment and modern fencing gear.
- Taking part in the rapidly growing worldwide study and practice of the Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA).
- Getting fit and meeting new friends in the most memorable way possible.
…But no, “Sword go whack”.
Bless em. They agreed the other reasons were pretty good too though.
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