Is It Important To Weigh Target Values?

June 13, 2018

Tournament organizers gave different point values for different targets, and you’ll never guess what happened next!

The Myth of Control

June 6, 2018

Why going at high intensity and having perfect control is not physically possible, no matter how much we want it to be.

Hanging Targets is cheating!

May 30, 2018

Hanging targets for test cutting doesn’t give any sort of realistic impression of what a sword would actually do. Take my word for it, or read to find out why.

Physics, Push-Pull with the longsword, bad cuts…. and you!

May 23, 2018

If you have had (good) formal instruction on longsword cutting mechanics, you would have been informed that you don’t want to create a levering action between your two hands. Here’s why.

Non Zero-Sum Concepts in Tournament Rulesets

May 17, 2018

The more I think about tournament rules, the more it becomes apparent to me that a zero-sum solution to scoring will never get us the results we want. Also: lemon pie.

Rotational (Spinny) & Translational (Straight-ey) Motion & Swords

May 10, 2018

There are two different ways that things move: translationally and rotationally. If the big words scare you, think ‘straight’ and ‘spinny’.

Doubles per Exchange and the Afterblow

May 3, 2018

The afterblow is supposed to make fighters act with more concern for their safety. But whether it does or not is a different story. Lets have a look at the problem with the power of math.

How Much Does Participant Skill Affect Overall Behavior

May 1, 2018

A follow up to “How Much Does Initial Point Value Discourage Safe Attacks?” in which I sort the results based on participant skill.

Force vs Pressure

April 26, 2018

Does “It only takes 4 ounces of pressure for a sword thrust to pierce the body” make sense to you? Because from a physics standpoint it’s nonsense!

How Much Does Initial Point Value Discourage Safe Attacks?

April 20, 2018

I recently came across a statement to the effect of “Having a 4 point target with only 1 point deducted for afterblow is too little. No matter what you still get 3 points and it doesn’t encourage the fighter to protect themselves.”