Alive Training For Dead Martial Arts
I'm about to go to sleep but wanted to throw my hat in with the new forum as soon as possible.
My main area of HEMA study is Medieval European knightly "combatives": wrestling, Longsword, dagger...I keep meaning to find time for staff/spear. I'm particularly interested in Medieval grappling which was a primary component the historical arts.
There is ample evidence of sportive wrestling throughout the medieval period but most of the historical literature deals with combat wrestling, including blows & standing-joint breaks.
I've seen how far off from functional compliant arts become so I'm constantly trying to balance safety/aliveness with accurate understanding of historical techniques. It's fairly easy for me to understand the joint breaks because I know the range of motion a limb can cope with as a result of my BJJ training. The greater challenge is how to introduce the historical techniques effectively to non-grapplers without creating a "jiu-jitsu bias".
I have my own thought & opinions, but as I said, I'm going to sleep now. Does anyone else have experience struggling between functional skill & historical accuracy, between modern training & historical style?