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- Efficiency and brutality. Longsword is the European battlefield sword.
- German longsword is all about FUCK SHIT UP DUDE. You're always on the attack, and by doing so you remove the ability for your adversary to strike at you. That is your protection. Pure bloodletting.
- Italian longsword is similar to German, given that Liechtenauer is also the major influence on this style. Its stances and methods are a little more conservative and take self-preservation into account a little more. It strikes me as more of a dueling art than a battlefield art.
- Single Sword
- I'm not really very knowledgable about this, since I'm mostly a longsword dude, but you've got English and Scottish as the major styles here. They're very similar, but the Scottish style focuses on diagonal lines of defense rather than horizontal/vertical, and the Scottish style also later adapted to battlefield dual-wielding. Single-sword is generally less ruthless than longsword, but a bit more footworky and perhaps a bit more tricksy.
- Rapier and X
- Rapier combat is taught on its own, with a buckler and/or with an off-hand dagger.
- German and Italian rapier were the children of the longsword styles mentioned above and are quite similar, with some interjections from single-sword. Due to the limitations of the weapon, however, they're more conservative and restrained.
- There's also Spanish rapier, which looks reasonable to me, but in reading some of the texts the theory behind it is quite different. I can't say I understand it just yet.
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