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    I'd like to point out that joint loosening is...

    I'd like to point out that joint loosening is different from stretching, although some exercises perform both functions.

    At the beginning of your workout you mostly want to loosen your joints -...
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    Can't beat the old Farmer Burns...

    Can't beat the old Farmer Burns workouts.
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    I'd recommend "The Duellist's Companion" to start...

    I'd recommend "The Duellist's Companion" to start with, as it really does take you from ground up and has lots of drills to get cracking on. (Disclaimer: I train with him.)

    If you're thinking of...
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    Yeah, they do. With winter temperatures the way...

    Yeah, they do. With winter temperatures the way they are here (it was below -20 Celcius last week) by the time you're warming the place up enough to avoid hypothermia you might as well make it toasty...
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    Joe, thanks for a very thoughtful response. I see...

    Joe, thanks for a very thoughtful response. I see where you're going with it. I like the idea of basically internalizing principles and patterns of movement, and allowing techniques to develop from...
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    To both the Joes: I don't think anyone is...

    To both the Joes:

    I don't think anyone is trying to belittle anyone else in this thread. Some of us have harder opinions on the matter and others may be more relaxed about it. Safety shouldn't be...
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    I find this statement surprising coming from an...

    I find this statement surprising coming from an Aikido practitioner. I'm not intimately familiar with that art, but isn't there a strong emphasis on the tori/uke relationship? That it's important to...
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    I'm well aware of that, Thomas - Capo Ferro's...

    I'm well aware of that, Thomas - Capo Ferro's Plate Ten demonstrates the cut, as do the majority of rapier treatises somewhere.

    That said, I still wouldn't want to take a steel rapier up against...
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    Joe, it sounds to me that's more like he's...

    Joe, it sounds to me that's more like he's raising the intensity level of the training to a point you're not willing to match. Given what you're saying, especially



    suggests that if you...
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    A rapier waster that can stand up to getting hit...

    A rapier waster that can stand up to getting hit by a bokken probably doesn't exist. The thing is, a rapier trainer needs to be fairly rigid, but also light enough that one can execute the actions...
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    We have to understand and accept that, however...

    We have to understand and accept that, however much we dislike the way the institutions operate, it is a fact that they hold all the aces in this relationship. We're essentially coming up to them as...
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    As Woody Hayes put it, "There are three things...

    As Woody Hayes put it, "There are three things that can happen when you throw a pass, and two of them are bad." Doesn't mean you shouldn't pass. It just means that if you're going to, you make sure...
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    The Tinkers are much better than the Practicals....

    The Tinkers are much better than the Practicals. If you're stuck at this price range, get the Tinker.
  14. In that case it must have been a...

    In that case it must have been a misunderstanding. You said that it has no robust syllabus of technical material, and that it generally fails to produce effective fighters, which to my eyes seemed a...
  15. Precisely. A good swordsman can make many...

    Precisely. A good swordsman can make many different techniques work from a given setup - also why different styles give different solutions to the same tactical problem. This is why I'd argue against...
  16. As a Fioreist I don't have any deep insight into...

    As a Fioreist I don't have any deep insight into the Liechtenauer systems per se, but I think Mr. Teague brings up some interesting points that are relevant to any practitioner of the historical...
  17. Those are pretty much as good as it gets in the...

    Those are pretty much as good as it gets in the price range.
  18. If you're really slow and really careful... I...

    If you're really slow and really careful... I don't know though, a lot of people will speed up and go harder when they're excited, and being in front of an audience probably does count as excitement....
  19. I would highly recommend that the fights be fully...

    I would highly recommend that the fights be fully choreographed, even if the rest of the performance is improv. If you flub a line, the worst that happens is a blow to your ego. Damage to eyes and...
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    Get a side of beef and hold a barbecue party...

    Get a side of beef and hold a barbecue party afterwards. :D
  21. The Hanwei Practical is a fairly shoddy piece of...

    The Hanwei Practical is a fairly shoddy piece of kit. Aside from the poor design (it's not really a true hand and a half, more like an arming sword with slightly extended hilt) there are significant...
  22. Sticky: The big question underlying this is, why should...

    The big question underlying this is, why should people do it?

    At the end of the day, collecting and collating all that information is a lot of work. Who should do it, and to what end? It's all...
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    Castle reconstruction in France

    Medieval castle being built in France. With only period materials and methods allowed. What a great project.
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    If you're getting a sharp, it doesn't matter how...

    If you're getting a sharp, it doesn't matter how it's made - don't go hitting blocks of wood with it. If you want to chop wood buy an axe, it's cheaper and it's designed for the task. Hitting a...
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    I haven't had a chance to handle the Viking so I...

    I haven't had a chance to handle the Viking so I didn't comment on it. I will note however that Hanwei seems to give its swords a heat treat that puts them on the low side of hardness, so they get...
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