Would he talk about what is good or bad on a forum, would he sit outside the fechtschule or at the pub griping about various fighters and who is a buffalo, without fighting himself.
Well Lee i can see you have not read my posts carefully enough or you would not be getting all testy like this.
Firstly I do fight ,well actually its freeplay, not in the tournaments but that hardly means I cannot comment on the general trend to be seen in them.
Judging by your response here I would say you are illustrating part of the problem, ego ,the tournaments are not fighting they are another form of freeplay.
It is pretty easy to talk on a forum, and say what you like, dont like and what is good and what is not.
yes it is, much as you are doing now
It's much harder to show up, fight a very wide variety of opponents, all of which who are unwilling to be hit. Furthermore fight publically, judged, in front of your peers... and come out the victor.
Well see there is your problem, acting as if the tournament is the final test of the art, something i am precisly pointing out in my posts if you care to read them. A tournament is but one test of many, thats kind of my point. Competition is great but if the competition starts to influence the art form then you have a problem. Pretty much the first step on that bad influence is treating tournaments like some special end all be all of the art. i simply do not agree, the art is a bit more and our tournaments are not quite as vigorous as what they did so its not quite the ultimate test they got to do. i think that means we need to carefully adjust as we go.
And he, along with his students, could back up talk with some pretty serious action.
i guess again we are claiming i have not fought in any tournaments and am therefore full of shit, a fair comment I guess but hardly addressing the points i have outlined as my concerns which you ironically seem to have nothing to add to in any way. I conduct freeplay rather frequently so i think i am at least allowed an opinion to say the least.
See I think what your not understanding is I am not looking to tournaments as some form of proof of legitimacy nor am i saying they are bad, in fact they are great. i am merely pointing out some trends I do see and preparing to fix them in our tournament. See my feelings is , i would rather try to apply the art as I see it and lose than simply do whatever works for me to win, I happen to beleive in the art and therefore my personal ego is not really tangled up in my actually winning but is more tangled up in performing the art as I think it should be and getting that to work even if it means i start with a big disadvantage and lose. Its great to test your art and i am all for it, but it requires some thinking to keep it in line with the art s we see it.
BTW my freeplay is out there for anyone to see, we have as much to learn of the art as anyone else and we accept criticism from anyone so my right to discuss and analyse this stuff is upheld by that I think. If you still feel upset about this discussion then i will be happy to freeplay you anytime you like and I do plan on doing some tournaments some day just haven't gotten the chance to yet.
I still stand by what I said, i want to see more of the art in peoples freeplay and in the tournaments, please do feel free to explain why we do not see it as much as we would like