- Paperback: 56 pages
- Publisher: Michael Shire (August 2003)
- ISBN-10: 0973425105
- ISBN-13: 978-0973425109
- Package Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,820,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
Top customer reviews
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.
Useful or not, no book is going to make an unexperienced reader a qualified and safe stage combatant, any more than it can make someone an expert martial artist, licensed airline pilot, or a surgeon.
Books can be great resources, but they're no substitute for training. That's all I've got to say about this right now.