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    A fighting style described here?

    Hello all,
    I at first posted this on another forum, overlooking this one. But someone advised possibly posting this on this forum. I don't know how to move a post to another forum so I just typed up a new one here:
    Anyway, I just saw something that was on youtube that was very interesting. A guy told of a story and was demonstrating how three Arabs or Lebonese attacked a British platoon on patrol in the '70s with scimitars and the fighting style they used. They were all on foot and the three Lebonese, also on foot, held and used their scimitars in a very different manner than usual, keeping the blade right next to their body and using a entirely different fighting style than one would think of using scimitars.

    Go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWvsH...eature=related to check it out. I just figured someone would find it interesting. A student of Tulwar/Scimitar or Middle Eastern fighting styles would want this in there repertoir of tricks it would seem. I think it is something worth studying and knowing. Usually one would expect someone with a curved weapon like a scimitar or sabre to just wade in swinging and thrusting. But this describes them as attacking into the platoon holding their weapons up against their bodies, the back of the curvedc blade up against their arm and just wading in using their torsos, twisting and and whathave you to make the weapon do its damage. Even the thrust was while it was against their body and arm.

    Sancar found it hard to believe that that happened in the 197os, maybe the 1870s but not the 1970s. I agree with him on that, that in this world of AKs around every corner over there why would three guys use swords? But I found the actual fighting style as described very interesting. So I ask, is that some sort of localized or traditional fighting style over there, unique to that area? Any opinions would be welcome.
    David Edelen
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    Hello David,

    Could you please re-post the youtube link? Your current link is incomplete.

    I also find it very hard to believe the story.

    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Emanuel Nicolescu View Post
    Hello David,

    Could you please re-post the youtube link? Your current link is incomplete.

    I also find it very hard to believe the story.

    Thanks,
    Emanuel
    Whether the story is believable or not, is the use a true or not true indigenous style of the Levant?
    Steve

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    We can't tell until we see the video.

    My understanding is that relatively little is known of martiala arts in the Levant, Middle East and Persia. Some may be tempted to take known styles like gatka, varzesh-e pahlavani, kılıç kalkan. For Lebanon specifically, Saif oo Terse comes to mind: http://forums.swordforum.com/showthread.php?t=9532
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWvsHorqldM

    He had cut and pasted from his post in the HES room

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    Glen

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    Hey y'all,
    Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWvsH...eature=related . If the link does not work, just go to Youtube and type in the title of it; "A Point About Scimitars"
    Dave
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    I do Yang Tai Chi saber and there are definately some similar techniques we use. I know that doesn't answer your question vis-a-vis the style being authentic Levantine, but how many ways are there to use a similarly shaped blade?

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