When cutting, the sword exerts force on the target, and the target exerts force right back on the sword. This force is what causes cuts to be less effective, and possibly fail. And where does it come from?
From a physics point of view hitting ‘hard’ can be a somewhat difficult property to quantify. Learn a little bit about what can make a strike ‘hard’.
My first attempt at motion capture. It wasn’t great, but I got something. And you can all laugh and learn from my mistakes.
When understanding equipment it’s important to have a basic understanding of material properties, and — most importantly — how they interact.
I’m guessing most probably don’t care too much about what the difference between a vector and a scalar is. Trust me, it can be a helpful tool for learning to beat people up.
How our gear keeps us safe is an important topic, especially if we ever want to make it safer!
Sometimes people talk about how much ‘force’ something hits with. Unfortunately, they use the same term to describe average force, peak force, and impulse.
Why going at high intensity and having perfect control is not physically possible, no matter how much we want it to be.
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.
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.