That’s Armour

Armour is a great thing.  It keeps people from dying.  The history of combat is in many ways the history of armour.  Looking back it’s a historical arms race between the weapons used and the armour used.  Let’s look back shall we, at the symbiotic relationship between swords and armour and carry it through to the present day. Continue reading

On Defense of Self and the Case for Swords

There was a time when swordplay was considered self defence.  Now, if you were to draw a sword in order to protect yourself, there is a great chance that the threat wont be taken seriously.  This of course, forces the defender in to using lethal force, a less than ideal situation in my mind.

I am a pacifist at heart, despite my martial training, though I would be willing to fight if the situation called for it.  I would argue, in fact, that my martial training gives me a greater freedom to be a pacifist.  Having a range of combative options grants greater ability to get myself clear of harm without significantly harming an antagonist.  I have heard other, far more strict pacifist argue that they would never fight back in a self defence situation, but I have a hard time understanding that particular point of view. Continue reading