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Postby Lu Tzy » 10 Jun 2007 19:13

I`m not newbie even. My experience in 'fencing' is restricted to 2-3 sessions of energetic and skilless stick bashing and to strong will to come to Schola Gladatoria class soon.
So, knowing nothing, I feel free to ask about anything :wink: .

The question is: what sort of footwear you find good to use for SG training?
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Postby admin » 10 Jun 2007 19:30

Hi Bart - any type of training shoe will do to begin with: it doesn't matter. Ultimately it is better to use something with a flat sole and no heel though - for two reasons: 1) it's more similar to a medieval shoe, and 2) it makes you move better.
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Postby Lu Tzy » 10 Jun 2007 20:20

Thank you. Now I can proudly say: I thought so :wink: .
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Postby Paul » 10 Jun 2007 21:26

I like shoes with relatively slick soles better than those with a lot of traction, like, say, running shoes.

I use indoor football shoes for fencing.
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Postby admin » 10 Jun 2007 22:27

I use trainers with a thin flat sole and not great grip.
I find that if people use sports shoes with very high grip then they rely too much on that grip. And they move differently.
I don't recommend using medieval shoes on a modern wooden floor though.
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Postby archangel » 10 Jun 2007 22:35

I've used US OTOMIX wrestling shoes for a few years now for jiujutsu, They are exceptionaly light comfortable with a flat rubber sole that aids good movement and still has a good enough grip so your not slipping everywhere.
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Postby Chromedcelt » 11 Jun 2007 09:57

I use fencing shoes, trouble is they are useless outside...
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Postby scholadays » 11 Jun 2007 10:02

And just for completeness, as most know I wear motorcycle boots because they are they remind me of the light hard flat sole of a sport fencing shoe, but have a raised heel to prevent my achillies from complaining.

Oh, and they have built in shin armour.

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Postby Lu Tzy » 11 Jun 2007 18:26

Right. I know now what I need to look for.

Next question: how about gloves? I know it is rather one`s personal choice, but how I can choose if I had on my hands only the boxing ones, which probably aren`t the very best option?
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Postby J Marwood » 11 Jun 2007 18:45

Motorcycle or mountain biking gloves.
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Postby Lu Tzy » 11 Jun 2007 18:56

And how about hockey or lacrosse ones?
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Postby Fab » 11 Jun 2007 18:58

Some people use them and are quite happy with that. They don't come cheap, though.
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Postby Lu Tzy » 11 Jun 2007 19:06

AAAaaa! You`re right. I`ve just checked this :shock: .
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Postby Magnus Hagelberg » 15 Aug 2007 08:18

another tip for shoes are dancing shoes.

some dance types like jitterbugg or rock'n roll demands shoes that you can get just enough grip, but that you can 'glide' with and a nice thing is.. they are ussualy pretty cheap -but be prepared to get a new pair.. they wear down.

as for historic corectness: a friend of mine showed me some 16-1700 century dances that has some strange moves in them, aparently, you where to make room for a bulky :shock: sword hanging at youre side while you elegantly walsed youre lady around the room. imagine that eh? care for a dance, duel or just smalltalk?
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Postby scholadays » 15 Aug 2007 09:15

Magnus Hagelberg wrote:care for a dance, duel or just smalltalk?

Do I have to choose just one?
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Postby Magnus Hagelberg » 15 Aug 2007 22:38

of course not. I wouldn't mind having a smalltalk while waltzing you around.. who knows.. it migth just come to a duel!
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