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Old November 30, 2005, 09:58 AM   #24
Jack Malloy
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>>>I was watching the History Channel a while back while they were doing a special on the Sword and Axe. Demonstrated various techniques used in the middle ages with the sword.<<<

That featured John Clements of ARMA (which used to be HACA the Historical Armed Combat Assciation) and he was doing demos of attacks and blocks with a Del Tin longsword.

"Broadsword" and saber techniques are greatly different than fencing foil techniques. Most old movies used fencing foil techniques which is even goofier than having Arnold whip around a broadsword in Kendo moves.
You can look at reprints of old fighting manuals like Silver and see that some of the basic broadsword stances are very similar to kendo stances as they were cutting moves.

The sword lasted as long as it did in the US Army primarily because of George Patton who was technically the last Master of the Sword so merited by the US Military.
However, in other parts of the world it did go on longer, in part due to the fact that they had cultural associations (Arabia and Japan) that our culture had lost.
Also notice that a good quality handgun was not as easy to come across in those areas till after WWII. The handgun ultimately takes the tactical place of the sword. Its a sidearm and it was the cavalryman's tool.

Also notice that in recent years the sword has made a comeback. Dawson Knives sold quite a few tactical Wakisashi short swords during the first gulf war as many a trooper realized that it made a good close quarters combat weapon.
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