Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The fine art of rapier combat or pointy things hurt bad!

Once again, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything. I’m working hard on learning rapier and dagger and heavy rapier. My friend Scott is working with me as well as other wonderful people from the barony of Endless Hills. Rapier combat is very intense; the only way to describe it is like combat chess. You need to make choices and moves and counter your opponent’s moves, thinking ahead all the time. You need to be fast on your feet, strike like a snake when your enemy makes a mistake, and protect yourself at all times. Now I’m use to a different kind of combat, with weapons I’ve done heavy SCA (sword and shield, Pole-arm, Great sword, and Florentine), collegiate fencing, and kendo. So even though rapier is very close to collegiate fencing, it is done in the round, the attacks are more realistic, not just point attacks, but slash and cut, and the hits are pretty light compared to the other sports I’ve mentioned. With the calibration I have to imagine that we are working with light sabers or poisoned weapons, any touch will cause death, except with draw cuts, those have to be a least 6 inches to be effective. Now I am getting better or so Scott says, I’ve been watching the other players, learning their style, I’ve been reading manuscripts from the 15th century, and watching varies groups on www.youtube.com for pointers (no pun intended!) , so I feel like I’m getting familiar with the sport.
I’ve always been a fan of swashbuckler movies, the three musketeers the original movie from the 1970’s was and still is my number one movie and was watched multiple times during my first years with the SCA. My garb, persona, and name were crafted after a rogue mercenary from the 16th century Spain, a half Moor Spaniard, duelist, lover, artist, and all around fun guy, but during the early days of the SCA there was no Rapier combat, only heavy rattan fighting and maybe some boffers.
Now I can bring back Lord Jakaal and finally complete the man I was in a past life. Right now I’m teaching myself how to make my own garb and crafting my own armor, this is taking up all of my time. I’m also hoping to get qualified soon in the art forms I’m falling in love with. I hope to work towards getting some wins under my belt, getting my persona up to par, and maybe, just maybe, one day to be a Knight or a Don, we shall see…

1 comment:

scarlet-noir said...

you should do it naked. with your pole arm.

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