### Sword cutting… and how the target pushes back!

September 19, 2018

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?

### Case Study – SoCal 2018 Singlestick

September 12, 2018

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.

### What Does Hitting Hard Mean?

September 5, 2018

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’.

### Does Bracket Seeding Mean Anything?

August 29, 2018

Does the best fighter usually win? Is silver different from bronze? Is a seeded bracket better than a random one? Can I write something that makes this sound exciting?

### How Fast Do Swords Move? – Try 1

August 22, 2018

My first attempt at motion capture. It wasn’t great, but I got something. And you can all laugh and learn from my mistakes.

### HEMA Ratings – Does it actually mean anything?

August 15, 2018

“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?

### Introduction to Material Properties

August 8, 2018

When understanding equipment it’s important to have a basic understanding of material properties, and — most importantly — how they interact.

### Data Mining – CombatCon Longsword

July 31, 2018

How has the CombatCon Longsword tournament changed year over year? We crunch the numbers and see.

### Data Mining – SoCal Swordfight Longsword

July 31, 2018

How has the SoCal Longsword tournament changed year over year? We crunch the numbers and see.

### Force Vector: More than a science-ey sounding name

July 25, 2018

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.