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Sword Fighting Basics Paperback – August, 2003

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About the Author

Mich Shire has been practicing, studying, and teaching swordfighting for over ten years, owns three suits of complete historical replica armour, and is co-founder of Knights of the Wild Rose in Alberta, Canada, along with his brother Rob.

Co-author Rob Valentine, owner of Valentine Armouries in Canada, has been creating historically accurate armour and weapons for over 23 years. He has worn all styles of armour from the ancient world to the renaissance, and has studied all styles of weapons and swordsmanship.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Shire (August 2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0973425105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973425109
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,017,197 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. on December 15, 2005
I will also chime in having only read the excerpt.

As a professional stage combatant, actor and fight choreographer, I cannot recommend this book. Based on the author's words, he seems to have learned the bulk of his skills by watching movies and then practicing what he saw with his friends. While there is nothing wrong with that, it's a great starting point (it's how I started). But by itself, it in no way qualifies you to teach!

I also disagree with one of the author's premises. A professionally performed fight is choreographed from start to finish. A professional NEVER improvises a fight during a performance. This is how people get injured (I've seen it happen, it's not pretty).

Now, I'm not saying there's nothing to learn from this book. Just don't expect to learn all you need to from it. No book, no matter how complete or easy-to-learn the subject matter, can ever replace a qualified instructor. Especially not in 56 pages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Mittag on October 15, 2006
I practice Stage Combat for a number of years, and I routinely do shows at renaissance fairs and the like. I like this book because it is short, small and effective. It focuses on how to deliver a sword fight that holds up for a fair audience, and requires relatively little rehearsal time. I found that the authors give plenty of consideration to safety, and their so-called "free sparring" restricts fighters to pre-set targets, so both fighters know where to expect blows, while they can use different techniques to add variety, and do not have to memorize long, complex choreographies.
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12 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lance J. Holt on March 6, 2005
I am basing this solely on the sample pages, but want to warn people to please look at them yourself before purchasing this book. In my opinion, the claims made by the authors are unfounded, their experience and training warrants some suspicion and their writing style leads me to believe they are far from professional. Just be cautious before ordering this book.
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