Good fighters find a way to get it done. It looks like hitting them more than they hit you is more important than what the point values of the targets are.
How important is the first exchange? Turns out, it tells you quite a bit.
The most common point allocations for Full Afterblow tournaments are 1&2 and 2&3 points. Thanks to HEMA CM we can observe what difference that makes.
Differences in tournament format can have a surprising effect on the overall match results, even for the exact same fighting. Does that sound confusing? Read on!
Longpoint showed us that once again we want to be going deep and targeting the head, if we care about the afterblow at all that is.
Is there such a thing as home field advantage in HEMA tournaments? Do international or local fencers tend to win more matches?
Can the Bilateral Hits measurement tell us about Afterblows and Doubles? Or are they essentially independent quantities?
I like to post about tournament stats, but we all need to keep in mind the inherent limitations of what the numbers can and can’t tell us.
Even if you don’t like singlestick, there is a lot to learn about how the afterblow affects both the attacker and the defender independently.
“Damn those stupid numbers, no HEMA Rating’s going to tell me what my odds of winning are!” While on an individual level there are a ton of other factors that the rating doesn’t capture, does it do a good job overall?