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  1. DdlR is offline
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    English longsword fighting on "Warriors"

    http://www.history.com/video.do?name...d=fullepisodes

    In the first segment, Dave Rawlings does a good job of explaining the basics of English longsword to the host in what looks like a semi-free fencing session.
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     Style: aikido, medieval fencing

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    yes Dave is a cracking chap.
    what he is doing is german longsword, he mainsly works on I 33 and the first of lichtanauer manuscript we know off, the Doebringer. (1389)

    If you have the occasion spare with him.
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    I have been enjoying this series. But I have found myself wondering if the subject matter experts for the martial arts segments were worthwhile. I fear the History Channel sometimes finds whoever is willing to take their paycheck. It sounds like in this case the longsword expert has some credentials and experience.

    I'd love to see more critique in this forum about the experts featured on Warriors. More please.
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    There has been some neat stuff on that show. I liked seeing the guy shoot the atlatl in the Mayan episode. In the longsword fighting, the types of trainers looked interesting- plastic trainers that don't break and don't require excessive protective gear. Does anyone have experience with those ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CodosDePiedra View Post
    There has been some neat stuff on that show. I liked seeing the guy shoot the atlatl in the Mayan episode. In the longsword fighting, the types of trainers looked interesting- plastic trainers that don't break and don't require excessive protective gear. Does anyone have experience with those ones?
    Carbon fiber and shatterproof plastic trainers are becoming very trendy in historical fencing circles right now; previously, the major options were steel, padded weapons, wooden "wasters" and modified shinai.

    I've fenced with carbon fiber longswords and I like them a lot, but they still hit hard. As with any form of contact fencing/sparring, it comes down to balancing contact levels/acceptable risk with the preferred combination of weapon and armor.
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    I was actually pretty impressed with this show. They do seem to be finding more credible people to give the information, and I like that they don't try to make the host the invincible expert or the clueless dunderhead. He does his best, generally gets schooled by the expert, and does a pretty good job of bringing across how difficult the skills really are.

    Besides, they're actually bringing across information that isn't just retreaded from the last dozen shows on the same network.
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    I find the nylon wasters (the white ones) a bit too slippery for my tastes, I'll stick with steel for now, with whatever negatives that brings.
    I haven't even seen a carbon-fibre waster, sounds interesting.
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    Dave's section was really good, but the rest of the combat displayed made my eyes bleed.

    I've bought a nylon waster as well; personally I find them more realistic than wood and they maintain a higher level of safety. In addition, they don't really splinter/crack or weather. They're a bit on the light side and maybe a bit too bendy, but for a person who can only afford one waster it's a great investment.

    Still, nothing really beats steel in being realistic. Of course, potential death is a problem.
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    Daves section was great. The horseback lancing was cool too. Couldn't watch the larpers too long though.

    Where does one get the plastic and carbon fiber wasters?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 8bit View Post
    Daves section was great. The horseback lancing was cool too. Couldn't watch the larpers too long though.

    Where does one get the plastic and carbon fiber wasters?
    http://www.woodenswords.com/WMA/synthetic.htm
    http://www.ferruza.com/nylon/en/index.html
    http://web.emerytelcom.net/users/blhunt/sales.htm
    http://www.theknightshop.co.uk/catal...2_400_401.html

    Cold Steel is due to release some Euro-style plastic longsword trainers soon: http://www.coldsteel.com/bokkens.html

    There are others on the market, just run a Google search.
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