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    Larping and fitness

    Hello everyone,

    I read your comment after one of my student told me about your critics. As I know, the mission of your forum is to filter what you think is worthy or not to be a martial art and warn people about it. I decide to write my opinion and give you the opportunity to be judge and jury. I apologize if I do mistake: english is a secondary language to me. I’m a French Canadian.

    Before anything, I’m not a master and I’m not a Fang Shen Do teacher. My ex-master Serge Gratton from FSD Quebec let me develop my mission in his school in exchange of visibility. So I ask you to be indulgent and not mix us in the present matter.

    I studied Kali Arnis techniques for 6 years now. I began my training at 23 yo. I’m not what you could call a warrior in the traditional term since I’m a geek. I weight train and lightly martial train since 16 yo. I always loved martial arts, but didn’t were dedicated enough to became as strong as I would like to be. I specialised in weapon because I LARP and that weapons have an epic side that motivate me to train every week without thinking. It’s a true passion.

    In the last 4 years, I tried hard to bring larper to do real martial art because I think their culture (as were mine) lack of physical fitness and martial dedication. I began to train people and respected the principles of ambidextrous kali arnis. Eventually, I was sponsorised by Calimacil, a martial foam weapon business, and I worked hard to develop techniques that would respect realistic fight in a LARP frame. What I insist in my style is: foam weapon permit to fight to 100%, including throat trust and mortal attack, and this, without armor. It is to me a way to greatly improve the accessibility to martial arts to the mass, and make it more realistic in it’s application.

    To bring that culture in light, I created Gen Gaming, a Web TV that diffuses my Martia LARP series. By a marketing strategy, I unite community of LARP on Facebook and Youtube in the goal to create interest in real training for performance. I network to ensure that Larper take as personal to internalize a martial culture. A lot of leader in our community crossed my path in the last week and are as enthusiast as they wish that we go in that way.

    I offer online course and answer to special demand (like the double blade one you’re kidding about) to keep the interest and augment the audience. My goal can’t be fulfilled with my own skills. I’m not blind. I need to train more and want to, but actually, I work hard on the community and can’t do as much as I wish I could.

    I’m contacting every single warrior I can and receive message from warrior who wish to do emissions and bring more skills to my series. I want to create a video reference to assure that every people can learn basic martial skills on their own if they have the will to, so when the will reach a wall, they will search for a true weapon master and improve the community with their dedication. I don’t want to be praised as a great master: I want to improve my community.

    I guess I said enough for you to understand the parameters of my mission. I need time to succeed. It’s hard, and it’s an everyday work to fight the spiritual laziness/hating of those who would like to continue the old non martial way. Not having the martial art community against me would be a great encouragement because I’m doing what I can to change my destiny and the one of a lot of people. Judge me on the years to come. Not only on my early videos. It will improve.

    Thanks for reading.

    Eli Gauthier
    Last edited by Martia LARP; 4/06/2012 2:15am at .

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    don't mind the bullies. you're LARPing, that's generally considered an insult here for people doing martial arts and passing it as effective. but **** that, you seem to be having fun and integrating some stuff inspired by FMA so good on you.
    foam weapons at "100%" are in no way realistic though, don't claim it is.
    just don't expect some kind of recognition here as it's just a different game.

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    And one dude laughed at me because I confused that jedi school for a real think, not watching more than a minute of it....

    I just knew somewhere MUST be a place like that. It's not surprising in modern world really.

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    Ok, I'll remember you advices. Thanks for your understanding.

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    basic stick fighting

    they are using very basic stick fighting techniques. Looks great with foam weapons or light sticks. But heavy metal swords in there hands, and none of it is practicle. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by clawhammer View Post
    they are using very basic stick fighting techniques. Looks great with foam weapons or light sticks. But heavy metal swords in there hands, and none of it is practicle. LOL
    You don't quite grasp the finer nuance of LARPing, do you?
    The fool thinks himself immortal,
    If he hold back from battle;
    But old age will grant him no truce,
    Even if spears spare him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Martia LARP View Post
    Ok, I'll remember you advices. Thanks for your understanding.
    I think if you're doing something to help people maintian a decent level of physical fitness and they're having fun at the same time it's great.

    Better to have kids sparring with foam weapons than sitting on their asses playing WoW all day.

    Also, looking at the video it doesn't seem like you're trying to pass any of this stuff off as legitimate self defense or realistic fighting.

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    I actually think this is great. I LARP every summer, usually in some sort of medieval/low fantasy setting and i would be thrilled if people practiced more beforehand. First and foremost it is a safety issue. A foam sword in the eye sucks, but most of all we can go harder at eachother, with grappling, harder strikes etc, without risking much in the way of injury.

    At my last LARP Krigshjärta we had a few injuries but mostly due to bad reactions to the smoke we use etc, LARP is coming around and we are seeing better and safer fights, but accidents still happen, at every big Swedish war-LARP there is always a concussion, or a popped elbow or something.

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    i don't get why people hate on larping
    it is what it is, its fun
    me and my friends play high impact nerf all the time which is basically larping
    we also play paintball which is also larping...

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    Quote Originally Posted by marcwagz View Post
    i don't get why people hate on larping
    it is what it is, its fun
    me and my friends play high impact nerf all the time which is basically larping
    we also play paintball which is also larping...
    Larping is fine and dandy IF it's honest about what it is.

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