Keith P. Myers wrote:Sure, it existed in the historical RIngen methods. But please, let's not get too carried away. I would hate to see what we develop be just another grappling art that people can't tell apart from everything else.
So is the answer to make it just another throwing
art that people can't tell apart from everything else, instead of a well-rounded system that covers all ranges of the fight?
I find it interesting that you use the phrase "what we develop." The art has already been developed.
"Developing" Ringen is not our place. Our job is to resurrect what fighting men far more skilled than us developed through actual use on the battlefield and in the dueling ring 500+ years ago.
Keith P. Myers wrote:just because the Japanese do fast draw sword techniques from the scabbard, and western swordsman had scabbards as well and had to draw the sword quickly at times....should we be working to develop a western equivalent of Iaido? I don't think so.
No, but that doesn't mean we should have a knee-jerk aversion to the unsheathing techniques in Fiore's Morgan MS because they look "too Iaido."
As far as I'm concerned, the Masters and the manuals are the only
authorities on what does and does not belong in HEMA. Therefore, I will vehemently oppose any argument against incorporating historical techniques into what we do. I frankly don't care if I hurt anyone's feelings in the process, especially if the only evidence they can offer against a particular technique amounts to "well, I just don't like it."