More Than Fencing or Kendo

America’s Sergeant Major visited an Arizona training center to practice the real world application of a weapon and the human combative behaviors which drive it. In this case, it was Western style swordsmanship:

America's Sergeant Major, more than fencing or kendo at the Spartan Training Center
America’s Sergeant Major

 Go here to read of ASM’s battles at the Spartan Training Center.

18 thoughts on “More Than Fencing or Kendo”

  1. In the days of Ye-Olde England; storming castles.

    As a left hander, Americas Sergeant Major would have been on double wages, as he would have been the front man attacking upwards on a spiral staircase, as they were designed to defeat a right-handed swordsman. He would also have to be a ‘dab’ right-hander with a short sword.

    His number two and three would have been cross bowmen. Life was interesting back then, without a doubt.

    For those who wish to view such weaponry, the following link to a great shop that sells every thing of quality and fully authentic.
    (I normally leave with a lighter wallet).,d.d2k

    Yours Aye.

    1. I noticed he was a lefty. Very tricky, they are. I spent three years as a kid fencing (mostly foil) and I remember lefties for their treachery. They were accustomed to fighting righties, whereas us non-gauchist were at a disadvantage.

      1. I know something neither of you know; I am not left handed. However, we train both “strong” and “weak” hands in the event it becomes necessary to make war with either hand. At this point I am quite confident wielding a weapon with the left or right.

        1. Aha! Very treacherous of you. I don’t ever recall using my off-hand to fence. In fencing, as you know, you balance with your other hand. My right would be fine with balance. But I don’t think my left-hand could parry that well. It is good training, I imagine. . .

    2. Hmm… nice vendor.

      So EBN – do you just collect or do you re-enact as well?

      (currently saving for her extra 14th Century kit and pavilion)

      1. Pax
        I don’t belong to a re-enactment group; I just have a passion for history and geographical history. I go though life picking up military pieces that appeal to me regardless of the time period, though I have been selective in my purchases of late.

        I have a collection of Fairbairn-Sykes Commando daggers made by the Wilkinson Sword Company that I have a special attachment to. One of which belonged to my Uncle who was a Royal Marines Commando (Bootneck) throughout WW2 and beyond.

        For me it all started as a young child; I used to walk with my Father across various agricultural, as well as common fields (after they had been cropped and the roots re-ploughed).
        One day I found a thin gold coin (literally found it) sat on the surface where it had been ploughed up; I still have it.

        Since that glorious day I have found lead musket balls of various sizes, as well as a lead ball crimper and melting pan. A variety of coins dated 1400 onwards, arrowheads, a variety of buttons; some made from metal and others from bone. They are all kept in a ‘keepers box’ that I pull out and add to now and then.

        The area I live in is steeped in history starting with medieval era settlements, Romans, Vikings, Danes, English Civil war, War of the Roses… and it goes on.

        All of the major battles are listed near and afar, the areas of which cover swathes of English countryside that can still be explored.

        It’s knowing where to look that brings the landscape to life. My best finds arrived from studying ancient maps and scouring medieval hedgerows (where tired armies rested and became careless with equipment). Terrain Analyses plays a big part in the adventure. Some ancient forests hold artifacts and hidden secrets; where large armies would need to hold up some times for days, upon weeks. They would invariably require being close to water, and would want to be able to feed horses and ponies, so this alone identifies shelter points.

        As usual, I digress.

        The following is a good source of information.,d.d2k

        The Royal Armouries in Leeds, Yorkshire; holds re-enactments of the period you are interested in. The re-enactment society also holds summer camps, where they dress, eat and sleep in period costume. Workshops are also held in wooded areas, where where they teach the process of every day life.

        If I can assist in any way just blow your cow horn (or shout out on here).


        1. “One day I found a thin gold coin (literally found it) sat on the surface where it had been ploughed up; I still have it”

          As an avid watcher of Time Team(UK of course!) I think a little bit of me is dying in envy….

          And re. re-enactment… yep… have belonged to various groups locally for the last 20 odd years (recently helped a friend with her handcarved camping bed… now there is a woman that knows how to camp in style ‘to the period’ :D)


  2. Ex-Bootneck, Holy cow! I did not see to many things in there under 100 pounds! I can see how they will quickly lighten your purse in there. Some truly one of the kind pieces!!

  3. ASM: Ah, the old all-offense, no defense trick. That works. Until your opponent figures out what is going on.
    Pax: 14th century? I sort of had you pegged as an early 15th century sort of gal. Hmmmmm.
    mark: Things are expensive there, true. If you want good gear, you are gonna pay dear.

  4. Mark, I suppose they can be expensive because there is so much history attached to the piece, and normally they have the correct accreditation in the way of personal documented history.

    I try to be selective, which helps to keep the cost down.


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