Introduction to the Smallsword

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Introduction to the Smallsword

Postby MEversbergII » 31 Aug 2015 14:34

Hello,

I made an Imgur gallery largely aimed at people who've no idea what a smallsword is, because several other Imgur members prompted me to make one. I have made it mostly about neat pictures, but there's real information there. Accuracy may be debatable; unlike many other WMA community members, I'm not expertly read and I have a brain much like a sieve. In any case, it's pretty easy to link around. Note I couldn't call out books and equipment and whatnot because of Imgur community policy. Primary goal was to see if I could at least get a few random souls to Googling.

http://imgur.com/gallery/DnasM

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When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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Re: Introduction to the Smallsword

Postby Arno P » 02 Sep 2015 16:51

Nice overview and cool to see this on Imgur! Upvoted.
Thanks for doing this. Hopefully will attract more attention to smallsword :-)
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Re: Introduction to the Smallsword

Postby Cosmoline » 17 Sep 2015 03:48

Those are gorgeous! I hope one day to get into 18th century stuff, but my reach exceeds my grasp most of the time even with the limited amount of swordplay I've taken up.
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Re: Introduction to the Smallsword

Postby MEversbergII » 17 Sep 2015 04:15

Cosmoline wrote:Those are gorgeous! I hope one day to get into 18th century stuff, but my reach exceeds my grasp most of the time even with the limited amount of swordplay I've taken up.


I know the feeling :)

Right now I'm trying my best to refresh myself on smallsword material and pull together a concise, easy-to-follow lesson plan to start helping people train the weapon.

As I mentioned in the gallery, it's a great place to start in HEMA due to the way reduced amount of money you'll need to spend to go "all the way" safely. ~$200 can get you gloves, a mask, a jacket, and a weapon, ready to go for full contact sparring.

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When I was a fighting-man, the kettle-drums they beat,
The people scattered gold-dust before my horses feet;
But now I am a great king, the people hound my track
With poison in my wine-cup, and daggers at my back.

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