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Yola
« on: 2014-06-14, 04:29:51 »
I decided last week that not knowing how to use a sword and shield was lame. I've always been interested in medieval weapons, armor, Knights, Chivalry and the like. A great deal of the interest is born out of Fantasy genre novels and video-games. Not to long ago I started thinking up my Bucket List; and SnS proficiency, armor smithing, bow crafting and fletching, and training a battle horse are just a few items on it. I will be turning 23 in Sept. A few of my friends in their 40's and 50's often complain about what they didn't do in their youth. So I said, f**k it, why not now. But, as up until this point it was all just a whim in my head, I really don't know where to start.
 I've looked up my local SCA chapter. While their blacksmithing looks cool, and they appear to try very hard to be as historically correct as possible, I'm not terribly impressed with their combat activities... Right now I want to just focus on getting some basic SnS practice. Get comfortable with the sword and shield on my person and get all of the "WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO I'VE GOT A SWORD!!! BWAHAHAHA" out of my system before I am seen in public...... But eventually I really do want to strait up get my Knighthood on. Renaissance Fairs and all that. I was reading The Code from this Forum, and not to get to deep, but I really felt every aspect call out to me. As a fledgling Christian, I think becoming a true Paladin would be really cool and this whole life event could be very, very fun! Who knows, I might have myself buried with my armor and arms. Or do the boat thing like Boromir!
I really do have a twisted sense of humor. I'm really curious and have TONS of questions! This is my first forum, sooo bare with me?
I've decided to start with a hand and a half & heater combo. Thoughts? I want to hand craft my own EVERYTHING, but I might buy a ColdSteel trainer soon. I really have no idea on how to start self training, but I haven't looked into that as I have actually yet to get any training equipment...
I am so glad to have found this site and am really looking forward to meeting you all!
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Re: Yola
« Reply #1 on: 2014-06-14, 07:45:22 »
Hail and well met! Welcome to the forum and your start onto a path of chivalry.  :)

May I ask from what region do you reside? If you live near an existing study group or school for Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA), also known as Western Martial Arts (WMA) then you could readily get started with your training.

A quick suggestion about posting all in green. Although me of all people LOVE the color choice, it is a bit difficult and distracting to read. ;)
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Re: Yola
« Reply #2 on: 2014-06-14, 12:23:32 »
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Re: Yola
« Reply #3 on: 2014-06-14, 13:30:08 »
I will be in Bozeman MT at the end of the summer. For now I am in Virginia City MT for summer work.
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Re: Yola
« Reply #4 on: 2014-06-14, 17:30:02 »
Welcome! Bozeman has a bigger SCA group, and I'm probably the closest Order member to you (Reno, NV).

Feel free to ask any questions!

BTW Red isn't better. Black is nice. :)
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Re: Yola
« Reply #5 on: 2014-06-14, 17:38:13 »
Welcome!
I have a childhood buddy who now lives in Bozeman. Small world. :)
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Re: Yola
« Reply #6 on: 2014-06-14, 21:36:22 »
Hail and well met! The path of chivalry is a great one! Feel free to ask any of us questions if you need help. Wow I didn't even know you could change the color :o
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Re: Yola
« Reply #7 on: 2014-06-14, 23:05:35 »
Welcome and well met!!!


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Re: Yola
« Reply #8 on: 2014-06-15, 01:22:02 »
Hail and well met. Both fonts looked fine to me, but then again I am colorblind...
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Re: Yola
« Reply #9 on: 2014-06-15, 01:36:47 »

Welcome to the forum! Feel free to ask any and all questions. Everyone here loves to talk about these topics, otherwise they wouldn't be here. :)

The "cold steel" plastic trainers (I'm assuming that's what you were referring to) are great to start with, in the respect that they're ridiculously cheap. Their weight and balance is all wrong though, so when you're ready to work with a training partner, or a pell, and want to develop good muscle memory, you might want something a little better. You don't have to dump a lot of money all at once though. The "Purple Heart" type-3 synthetics have a more realistic balance to them, but cost about $125. That's still not bad, of course, since you can spend a lot more if you want to.
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Re: Yola
« Reply #10 on: 2014-06-15, 12:13:43 »
Hail and welcome to the forum.
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« Reply #11 on: 2014-06-15, 15:11:54 »
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« Reply #12 on: 2014-06-15, 15:20:23 »

The "cold steel" plastic trainers (I'm assuming that's what you were referring to) are great to start with, in the respect that they're ridiculously cheap. Their weight and balance is all wrong though, so when you're ready to work with a training partner, or a pell, and want to develop good muscle memory, you might want something a little better. You don't have to dump a lot of money all at once though. The "Purple Heart" type-3 synthetics have a more realistic balance to them, but cost about $125. That's still not bad, of course, since you can spend a lot more if you want to.

Oh! Super glad you  told me that! I wanted the trainer to start, you know, training with. If the balence is wrong, that would defeat why I wanted to get them. I am a firm believer in doing it right the first time if you can. So I would rather save up more money and get a great, if expensive, trainer right off the bat, instead of an inexpensive that won't do me any real good. If you have any other suggestions for trainer hand and a half swords or heater shields, I would Love to hear them!
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« Reply #13 on: 2014-06-15, 15:58:54 »

The "cold steel" plastic trainers (I'm assuming that's what you were referring to) are great to start with, in the respect that they're ridiculously cheap. Their weight and balance is all wrong though, so when you're ready to work with a training partner, or a pell, and want to develop good muscle memory, you might want something a little better. You don't have to dump a lot of money all at once though. The "Purple Heart" type-3 synthetics have a more realistic balance to them, but cost about $125. That's still not bad, of course, since you can spend a lot more if you want to.

Oh! Super glad you  told me that! I wanted the trainer to start, you know, training with. If the balence is wrong, that would defeat why I wanted to get them. I am a firm believer in doing it right the first time if you can. So I would rather save up more money and get a great, if expensive, trainer right off the bat, instead of an inexpensive that won't do me any real good. If you have any other suggestions for trainer hand and a half swords or heater shields, I would Love to hear them!

I think this is a perfect opportunity for you to get a taste of the forum structure. Head on over to the Armory and make a post!
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