Kevin Maurer wrote: And where does the self defense Rappier arts fit into all this. Why did the fechtschulen teach Longsword, Dussack, Staff, when the Rappier Dagger was the sidearm of the day? How did they balance those things. Do you think that real swordfighting means, to the death, rappier struggle?
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First of all, Kevin, thanks for the welcome to participate, and in response, I think I will.
Now, I am new to Longsword, Dussack, and Staff and in all honesty they are still pretty foreign to me, which is why I try to follow threads like this, so that I can learn about them. I am currently studying Rapier & Dagger through fighting, lessons, and manuscripts (though I am no expert) so I would be curious to find out the answer to the question you posed as well. I have to wonder, however, if the answer could be as simple as the fact that the people putting on the events focused on those particular weapons? I mean, we all have favorite weapons and when we organize events, they are likely to be centered around that weapon. What do you guys think? Does anyone have other ideas or an answer based on research and not just my guess?