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Three General Principles Of Combat

Discussion in 'Combat Training' started by Artenen Aeolus, Mar 23, 2017.

  1. Artenen Aeolus

    Artenen Aeolus Paladin | Captain of the Magna Navis Lore Master LarpCraft Host '17 Donor Myths & Legends 2017 Waivers Blogger Elder Host Vault House of the Iron Ring Lifetime Award Mapped

    I really like this video which can get some dialog going pertaining to combat.



    My notes -
    1. Minimum effort rule. This is huge, in larp we exhaust ourselves in battles and running and so much more... the art of pacing yourself pays off HUGE when you have later in the day things or team things. In a weapon fight, this is also where new players tend to be shown as they will many times submit max force into a blow or they'll exert extra flailing or twirls or some such thing during a battle.

    2. Staying in contact. I agree with this both in fighting and close contact or sash roleplay. Happens far more often with polearms at distance however. Lots of wins come from winning a binding situation.

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    3. Ideal Range. Oh, where to begin on this one... learning ideal range at... range... really separates the pros from the amateurs. Time and time again when a new player things they are far enough away, many times they are not. Likewise, less experienced players will more-easily be overtaken by an experienced player by shorting the new persons range making their weapon useless.

    He says buff a lot lol

    what are your thoughts?
     
  2. King Murdoch McArthur

    King Murdoch McArthur LarpCraft of Milwaukee Host, chevalier paladin Lore Master Natus Gryphe LarpCraft Host Transferred Character Myths & Legends 2017 Waivers Elder Epic Profile Lifetime Award

    Quick thought

    1. Minimum effort rule. This is huge, in larp we exhaust ourselves in battles and running and so much more... the art of pacing yourself pays off HUGE when you have later in the day things or team things. In a weapon fight, this is also where new players tend to be shown as they will many times submit max force into a blow or they'll exert extra flailing or twirls or some such thing during a battle.

    This is why soldiers/ martial artists train. So that their minimum is much greater than a "normal" minimum. Conditining conditioning conditioning. Kids this is why Jean at almost 60, can fight full out all day in asteel kit and half you 20 somethings are near death after a short run in leather. As Napolean said "a strong will may fule a frail physique" but as Ken Sahamrock said lack of conditioning makes cowards of us all." Both are true.

    But do not do wasted movenments, all this spiining flailing japanese cartoon stuff doesn't work and is a waste of energy.

    2 Musashi goes into with his idea of "stickyness"

    3 Range is essential know your measure and their measure and where the fight is worst for them.

    I dig this vid in general
     
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  3. Birna Fathmbjornsdottir

    Birna Fathmbjornsdottir Barbarian LarpCraft Sheboygan Elder Natus Gryphe Myths & Legends 2017 Waivers Elder Lifetime Award

    First rule of being good at fighting? Cardio.
    Second rule of being good at fighting? Economy of motion will overcome lack of cardio sometimes.
    Third rule of being good at fighting? Practice until you know exactly your reach and how your movement affects that reach. Practice until your defense is there without thought.
     
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  4. King Murdoch McArthur

    King Murdoch McArthur LarpCraft of Milwaukee Host, chevalier paladin Lore Master Natus Gryphe LarpCraft Host Transferred Character Myths & Legends 2017 Waivers Elder Epic Profile Lifetime Award

    Pretty much. That is the path to "git gud"

    Train train train....i used to :(
     
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  5. Eagle Eye

    Eagle Eye Wood Elf Bounty Hunter of Illudia Myths & Legends

    im a bit late to the thread. but my personal opinion on the "general principles of combat" would be basic knowledge

    1. ACCURACY. you should be able to place your weapon in a slot slightly bigger than your weapon. being able to control your weapon is key to being able to defeat any opponent. a skilled fighter will not let you have a weakspot to hit. so being able to punish them IF AND WHEN THEY DO. is a huge compliment to any style of fighting, sword and board, dual wield. polearm, etc.

    2. cardio is important. but an experienced fighter will only make the moves necessary for victory, there is a general saying in my parts "flashy gets you killed" you may be able to twirl your sword around your body and look amazing while doing it. but if youre not prepared to defend at all times. its just extra steps towards your death

    3. "offense is the best defense" and vice versa, if you do not give you opponent a chance to attack. you cannot be hit (a flurry of well aimed strikes towards unprotected parts, ex. if your opponent isnt wearing leg armor or protecting their legs, make them dance to dodge)... or the opposite, learn to defend yourself well and force your opponent to make strikes that will open their weak spots to a simple well aimed strike.

    4. keeping the appropriate distance and understanding when the fight is possible or not, if youre using a polearm. you need to keep out of your opponents reach, remember where the buisness end of your weapon is... any time you opponent gets in range, re-create that distance between you. there is no shame in running away for a second or two to reset the gap between you... with that being said. there is no shame in running away from an unwinnable fight, if you are outnumbered or not confident in your ability to defeat your opponent. RUN. do not think twice. do not hesitate or you could be punished for staying.. run to fight another day.

    5. have fun and keep trying, the more experienced fighters started in the same place you did. losses are just as important as wins. losing 100 duels can make you a better figher. AS LONG AS YOU LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES. never underestimate your opponent. do not make the same mistakes twice.

    ps. remember that not all fighting styles are perfect for everyone. if you find it difficult to use a polearm, try using different weapons and see what works for YOU. you can study fighting styles all day. but if you do not make it yours and adapt it to what YOU are good at. its not going to work the same
     

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