Ever wonder what it looks like to stare down a long, narrow blade? To cross swords with an adversary? To parry and thrust and disengage or glissade?
One of my fellow fencers and friend, Sean, hooked up a helmet cam to his fencing mask at Birka (an SCA event) this past weekend and recorded a bunch of his bouts. He even throws in some slow-mo instant replay in case you have trouble following along with the killing blow (fencing is a lot of strategic moves that ends up looking very chaotic). It’s a cool look into what SCA rapier combat looks like from the eyes of the swordsman, and illustrates pretty well the variety of fighters, fighting types, and weapons-used in the SCA. I, personally, am a single sword or rapier/dagger combo kinda guy.
Alas, I did not make any of the video, though I appear in the background a few times. Maybe next time! Anyways, enjoy the vids after the jump.
NOTE 1/28: Alas, these videos were taken down shortly after the post was published. The SCA has ridiculous strict and silly rules when it comes to videos and photographs and forced the owner of the vids to take it down… but the vids were amazing. *sigh*
According to these videos, Sean did pretty well… or he just edited out most of his losses. I kid, I kid…