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2/9/08 4:21 PM
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Mr Mike from NC
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Edited: 09-Feb-08 04:28 PM
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Hi Roy, Since you like blades, what do you think about the skills of Polish/Eastern European saberists? The fighters are historical reeanactors, but seem to know what they are doing with their blades. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gSEnY05xG0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6OGqbB3LKk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8k7jNtIXrPE
2/13/08 3:52 AM
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Wow, that's interesting. I didn't know my Polish brothers had a form of sword work. I'll have to look into that a little more. From what I saw on those videos, the sword practitioners were actors at best. Their footwork, positioning of the head, hand and sword told me they had minimal experience with sword work. While it is true they are cutting at each other, their positioning and movements violate basic principles of sword work. Roy Harris
2/14/08 8:42 PM
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Edited: 14-Feb-08 08:47 PM
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Thanks. I think they come from a reenacting group, which may explain their lack of good fencing skill. I've always been interested in how people fence with military sabers and, this was the first thing that I found. The saber, or szabla, is a somewhat famous weapon from Poland from the early 1600's on. Here is a link to an American/Polish reeanactor that has some histry of the Polish saber: http://www.kismeta.com/diGrasse/PolishHorseArtillery.htm If your interested, here are some videos of a group that I used to be a member of, still am, I guess, but my school is inactive. This is a smallsword bout done in Georgia a year, or two ago: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HaUPbpQxmM This one is with rapier and, dagger: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE2PwU3u034&feature=related The style is more of one that works backwards using classical fencing techniques with earlier weapons. Someone on the page said that the smallsword style was the French common method. I'd be interested in seeing what you think. Thanks.

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