History Tropers / MadassAlex

31st Jul '13 12:51:07 PM SeptimusHeap
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*** Sorry Tropers/{{Sandor}}[[hottip:*:Batman]]
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*** Sorry Tropers/{{Sandor}}[[hottip:*:Batman]]Tropers/{{Sandor}}[[note]]Batman[[/note]]

* Your knight avatar actually inspired me to make the story to an RPG. I'm not sure the RPG will ever be finished, but at least I have a cool story[[hottip:*:bro]]. - @/{{Aryn}}
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* Your knight avatar actually inspired me to make the story to an RPG. I'm not sure the RPG will ever be finished, but at least I have a cool story[[hottip:*:bro]].story[[note]]bro[[/note]]. - @/{{Aryn}}
29th Feb '12 4:43:19 PM MadassAlex
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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Although I sure do love modern medicine.
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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Although I sure do love modern medicine. BornInTheWrongCentury/[[BornInTheWrongCentury Born In The Wrong Decade]]: No matter how you slice it, I'm a little anachronistic.

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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Although I sure do love modern medicine. ThePowerOfRock: Dadadun dadadun weeoo wee!
28th Feb '12 3:09:07 AM kay4today
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* Your knight avatar actually inspired me to make the story to an RPG. I'm not sure the RPG will ever be finished, but at least I have a cool story[[hottip:*:bro]]. - @/{{Aryn}}
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* Your knight avatar actually inspired me to make the story to an RPG. I'm not sure the RPG will ever be finished, but at least I have a cool story[[hottip:*:bro]]. - @/{{Aryn}}@/{{Aryn}} * So uh... swords! - @/{{kay4today}}
17th Feb '12 12:20:08 PM MadassAlex
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** I dunno, man. They all kick a lot of arse. I personally like the Liechtenauer tradition of Germany the best, but that's not an objective measure by any stretch. The best system of swordsmanship is probably the one the practitioner has the most personal investment in. So in my hands, the Liechtenauer tradition is the most powerful of all; in the hands of someone more endeared to Chinese Xing, that style would be superior in their hands. It's useless to search for a "best" style -- instead, look for a good style. A good style, trained in and studied hard, will always be a "best" style in the hands of a passionate and committed practitioner.
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** I dunno, man. They all kick a lot of arse. I personally like the Liechtenauer tradition of Germany the best, but that's not an objective measure by any stretch. The best system of swordsmanship is probably the one the practitioner has the most personal investment in. So in my hands, the Liechtenauer tradition is the most powerful of all; in the hands of someone more endeared to Chinese Xing, that style would be superior in their hands.superior. It's useless to search for a "best" style -- instead, look for a good style. A good style, trained in and studied hard, will always be a "best" style in the hands of a passionate and committed practitioner.
17th Feb '12 10:02:48 AM MadassAlex
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* BornInTheWrongCentury: Although I sure do love modern medicine. * ElegantWeaponForAMoreCivilisedAge: [[TheLateMiddleAges The longsword]], a [[WeaponOfChoice personal favourite]].
17th Feb '12 8:36:22 AM MadassAlex
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* HonourBeforeReason/StupidGood: Depending on your interpretation.
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* HonourBeforeReason/StupidGood: HonourBeforeReason / StupidGood: Depending on your interpretation.
17th Feb '12 8:36:10 AM MadassAlex
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[[AC: Tropes]] * BadassBeard: If I do say so myself! * HonourBeforeReason/StupidGood: Depending on your interpretation. * OlderThanTheyLook * [[MasterSwordsman Student Swordsman]]: In the German master method. * SwordFight: My favourite pastime.
15th Jan '12 7:04:05 AM MadassAlex
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* '''The way I hear it, Medieval swords were really heavy.''' ** Not actually. A two-handed sword is at its sweetest somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5kg, but some examples exist that are lighter than that.
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* '''The way I hear it, Medieval medieval swords were really heavy.''' ** Not actually. A versatile two-handed sword is at its sweetest somewhere between 1.2 and 1.5kg, 8kg, but some examples exist that are lighter than that. Some were as heavy as 3.5 kg, such as the heaviest examples of zweihander swords, but those are amazingly light for their length and mass.

** As for modern sport fencing, it enforces its own limitations. For instance, the arena is narrow and disallows many circling techniques as a result, and certain weapons may only make certain strikes. For instance, a foil may only thrust, thereby removing all techniques related to cutting. In contrast, teachings from the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern eras emphasise cuts, thrusts and draw cuts with all types of swords.
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** As for modern sport fencing, it enforces its own limitations. For instance, the arena is narrow and disallows many circling techniques as a result, and certain weapons may only make certain strikes. For instance, a foil may only thrust, thereby removing all techniques related to cutting. In contrast, teachings from the Medieval, Renaissance and Early Modern eras emphasise cuts, thrusts and draw cuts with all types of swords.swords. *'''What's the best form of swordsmanship, then?''' ** In short, there is no singular "best", although there's arguably tiers of effectiveness. For instance, the late medieval European systems are more advanced in many ways than the Early Modern European systems, thanks in part to the versatile longsword. On the other hand, the versatility and advancement of a system cannot replace pure skill, and the most important skills are always the most basic -- it's often the swordsman with greater control, fluidity, judgement and knowledge that wins, rather than the one with the greatest repertoire of techniques. *'''I was actually asking about how the Asian systems stack up against the European ones.''' ** I dunno, man. They all kick a lot of arse. I personally like the Liechtenauer tradition of Germany the best, but that's not an objective measure by any stretch. The best system of swordsmanship is probably the one the practitioner has the most personal investment in. So in my hands, the Liechtenauer tradition is the most powerful of all; in the hands of someone more endeared to Chinese Xing, that style would be superior in their hands. It's useless to search for a "best" style -- instead, look for a good style. A good style, trained in and studied hard, will always be a "best" style in the hands of a passionate and committed practitioner.
15th Jan '12 5:52:07 AM MadassAlex
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* ''EuropeanSwordsmanship''
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* ''EuropeanSwordsmanship'' ''UsefulNotes/EuropeanSwordsmanship''
15th Jan '12 5:46:41 AM MadassAlex
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[[AC: This troper displays examples of]] * [[BadassLonghair Badass Longhair]], for a fairly conservative definition of "badass". ** LongHairIsFeminine, too. For a bearded swordsman, I am not particularly masculine. * BornInTheWrongCentury, or at least the wrong decade. * [[ChaoticGood Chaotic Good]] * TheComicallySerious: Usually invoked on purpose, though, so it might not count. * [[DeadpanSnarker Deadpan Snarker]], but mostly in RealLife. I am more pedestrian on the internet. ** With elements of [[GentlemanSnarker Gentleman Snarker]] on a ''really'' good day. * ILikeSwords. ** To the extent of studying Medieval-Renaissance German swordsmanship through tutelage and perusal of the combat manuals. * NoPronunciationGuide: My surname, unless you're German-speaking. * [[OlderThanTheyLook Older Than They Look]] ** I'm in my early 20s, but have the appearance of one quite a bit younger - some have said as young as 14. ** [[AvertedTrope But not while I have a beard.]]

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* ''EuropeanSwordsmanship''
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