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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Fighting talk

Just got back from my first battle practise. Despite having been reenacting for 8 years now, other tha a couple of very basic sparring rounds at my very first few events, i have not had a chance to fight at all - what with being pregnant or looking after young children all the time! But I always quite fancied the idea of wacking people with heavy lumps of metal:-) So now the kids are getting older, and Aggie is no longer fighting at all so can watch over the kids anyway, This year i get to be a combatant.

The group we are in insists that combatants must train prior to the actual reenactment season for safety and team-building reasons. A bill line is nothing unless it can work together as a team and follow commands without hesitation. Plus, a 12 foot pole with a bardbed chunk of metal on the end can do some pretty serious damage if mishandled - even through padding/armour, so it's imporatnt to know how to and how not to use them.

So every other week from Febuary until Easter, we all traipse up to Blaise Castle in Bristol and train. Today was my first session. I think i did OK:-) managed to carry the bill all the way to the top of the hill, stay in line, learn the major commands and advance on an enemy. It was much heavier then it looks when other people use it! And a tad unweildy - especialy with my short girlie arms and unused muscles! But i survived.

here's our bill line at Morimondo, italy, last year - so you can see what I'm talking about.

Then we did some sword fighting practise. I had watched Mstr A practise often enough so at least knew the concept fo the basic fives (head, L arm, r arm, L leg, R leg), but actually doing it was hard work too. those swords are heavy after a few swings - and they're not even half the weight the real things would have been! But after a few practises, I even managed to "kill" a couple of opponants - although I feel they may have being nice to me.

The we moved onto battle practise, a line of bills & swords against nother line of the smae. i died pretty quickly in all of those! But made it through the whole practise with only one major wack on the upper arm (I had borrowed Aggie's archer's padding which is armless - but will need to get my own full set soon i think), and one right in the sturnum which slipped between the buckles of my Jack.

Now I'm pretty achey and tired, but happily so. Hopefully there will be more recruits in two weeks time so we can have a really good fight:-)

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  • At Sunday, February 10, 2008 6:14:00 pm, Blogger Jean-Luc Picard said…

    I doubt the battles you were reenacting had health and safety advisors with them.

    I'm from nearby Birmingham.

    Michele sent me.

  • At Sunday, February 10, 2008 6:26:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    True, but then I doubt many of their dead got up and walked away for a drink afterwards:-)

  • At Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:04:00 pm, Blogger Catherine said…

    It's a good thing you don't re-enact the blood and gore - so how do you decide when someone is dead? Michele sent me

  • At Sunday, February 10, 2008 7:30:00 pm, Blogger Juggling Mother said…

    The hits are hard enough to feel, even when they are on your armour, so it's easy. One body hit or two limbs and you are dead - lie on the floor causing an obstruction until the end:-) Anyone who doesn't take their hits will soon be rumbled and will have the whole group against them in no time at all! personally i was more than happy to take my hits and have a lie down every now and then:-)

  • At Monday, February 11, 2008 11:45:00 am, Blogger Miss M. said…

    I'm undecided yet as to whether or not to get into combat, so far as re-enactment goes. I was watching the boys at training the other day and someone nearly lost an eye (granted, it was our first serious accident in the history of the club, but still). We don't have many girls that fight (read: one that fights, one that wants to) so it's a bit daunting I guess. And the club has a strong archery group, so there's alternatives.

    I always think it'd be kinda cool to do a little bit of fighting, just to get the basics so I know what I'm looking at, but not sure how to go about that yet. Sounds like you've got a good group for it though!


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