Something that a lot of people are really bad at (other than HEMA) is evaluating risk. This isn’t just in relation to martial arts, it’s everything in your life. But I don’t care about the rest of your life, I just want you to make smarter HEMA decisions.
I bet you never imagined a connection between why bugs are small and why large tournaments are run a certain way. But here we are.
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.
Tournament organizers gave different point values for different targets, and you’ll never guess what happened next!
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.
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.
There are two different ways that things move: translationally and rotationally. If the big words scare you, think ‘straight’ and ‘spinny’.