Western Circle of Swordfighters
The Western Circle of Swordfighters, so what do you guys think of them.
As far as I know their nothing like the SCA nor do they even claim to be reenactors.
They just claim to be a bunch of sword geeks who like to like actually fight with their stuff.
They seem to derive some of their terminology from Japanese aswell.
Maybe some of you folks have actually encountered them.
Westen Circle of Swordfighters
Originally Posted by JustaFighter
As a former member of the Western Circle of Swordfighters, I definitely did not find it to be a waste of time and money. I hold rank in multiple traditional martial arts including kyudo, arnis and Kung Fu.
Although I enjoyed kendo, the Western Circle was an opportunity for full contact swordfighting employing european weaponry. I have a particular fondness for the hand and a half spanish bastard sword and this forum allowed a, relatively, safe opportunity to train and test my skill against other dedicated fighters.
If you have ever visited the Higgins in Worcester, you can peruse their extensive collection of german swordfighting manuals written in the 16th century. Quite a lot of information is publicly available about medieval european fighting styles, but very few forums allow you to practice them.
This is not the SCA, steel (blunt obviously) is allowed and encouraged in to advanced members, including myself. Full contact is pretty much mandatory. Skill and control are essential.
I enjoyed it and if I still lived in California, I would still be doing it. Without access, I'll continue to study Kung Fu, but I do miss it.