Modern Fencing: Any translation to Reality?
Back when I fenced, I always saw the saber as the most realistic of the three unrealistic fencing weapons. The saber is the only fencing weapon with which one can not only stab, but also slash/chop to the head and body under the standard rule set.
Many of these stabbing and slashing maneuvers, as well as the fencing lunge, appear technically valid and useful in an actual one-on-one combat encounter. Obviously the very unrealistic confines of the fencing ruleset severely limit the maneuvers possible, and SCA or ARMA may offer more realistic sword vs. sword rulesets.
So the question is: How much of the fencing ruleset/technique could translate into a more full contact situation? Has anyone who has participated in fencing also participated in SCA, ARMA, Dog Brothers or something similar? If so, how helpful was his/her fencing background?