Cutting with the Medieval Sword
by Michael Edelson
For centuries, masters of defense throughout the world jealously guarded
their knowledge, sharing it only with their students and patrons. But
it was not just their techniques that they wanted to keep hidden--their
most closely guarded secret was not what to do with a sword, but how to
do it. This book lays bare the principles of the use of the sword with
unprecedented detail--principles that are universal across nearly all
cultures and time periods, including our own.
comes from centuries-old living lineage martial arts, medieval fencing
treatises and decades of combined research, experimentation and
application. It is accessible to anyone, from a complete beginner to a
seasoned expert. The path to mastery consists of small steps, each
easily understood and taken. There is no magic or mystery in the use of
the sword. There is only the art, and it is an art created by and for
human beings, utterly attainable and without artifice or embellishment.
clear and concise explanations and highly detailed illustrations, this
book takes you step by step through the body mechanics of the sword,
from foundations to essential elements. It is divided into three
modules: Theory, Practice and Calibration.
The Theory module
thoroughly explains all of the underlying concepts and principles and
how they combine to create something greater than the sum of its parts.
The Practice Module provides advice on choosing training equipment as
well as a comprehensive array of drills and exercises designed to put
everything you learned in the previous module into practice. Finally,
the Calibration module gives you all of the information you need to put
your skills to the test by cutting targets with a sharp sword, from
advice on choosing a sword to how to purchase, prepare and set up tatami
and other targets. Most importantly, it will teach you to interpret
your results in a way that will inform your training and allow you to
correct errors and improve your technique. Whether you are taking your
first step or the latest of many, let this book be your guide.
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