Have you ever considered giving sword fighting a try? If you’ve kept up with our blogs here at Baer Swords, you know how great of an experience this can be. Not only is it a great form of exercise and a great way to learn about a historical martial arts form, it’s a great way to meet other people with similar interests and to compete in a friendly and safe way. In our blogs, we’ve talked a lot about the health benefits of sword fighting, but we haven’t yet touched on what you can be doing aside from training sessions to stay in shape and get a more competitive edge.
As always, it’s important to note that anyone can join our sword fighting classes, no matter your skill level and no matter your age. Give Baer Swords a call and we’ll be happy to set you up with a class that you’ll benefit the most from.
Diverse Range of Techniques
As you can imagine, sword fighting doesn’t refer to just one discipline or technique. Sword fighting is something that’s been developed over thousands of years by different cultures and for different purposes nonetheless. There are various disciplines of Japanese swordsmanship such as Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu, Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu, Ono-ha Itto-ryu, Yagyu Shinkage-ryu, Jigen-ryu, and Tamiya-ryu, as well as various disciplines of sword fighting throughout Europe and the Middle East. And as you can imagine, there are also a lot of disciplines of sword fighting that were created solely for sport.
Just like various hand-to-hand martial arts forms, sword fighting involves a lot of different techniques that require different fitness levels to pull off. For example, grappling sports like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu require you to have a strong core. You need to be able to overpower a foe who has the advantage which often requires contouring the body in ways that people aren’t used to.
Sword fighting is similar, not that you’ll be rolling around on the ground like in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but that you’ll be using different parts of your body to gain an advantage over your opponent. Therefore, getting in shape for something like historical European martial arts is completely different than getting in shape for something like fencing, so it’s important to know what discipline you want to do first. In this blog, we’ll focus mainly on historical European martial arts.
As you can probably imagine, body strength is an invaluable asset in the realm of European sword fighting, especially when it comes to two-handed weapons. Although in medieval times, two-handed swords were difficult to make, they were some of the most valued and sought-after weapons of the time due to their ability to injure foes even through heavy armor. But without a strong and powerful wielder, these weapons wouldn’t be nearly as effective as they were.
Because of this, upper-body workouts are a must if you want to improve your game with two-handed weapons. Although your two-handed sword may not feel very heavy when you first pick it up, you’ll notice it’s a lot more difficult to start swinging it around. This has a lot to do with the weight distribution and momentum after a swing. So, some of the best strength exercises you can do include things like bicep curls, incline press, or the dumbbell lateral raise. These exercises hit on some of the muscle groups you’ll be using to swordfight.
At Baer Swords, we offer more than just two-handed sword training; we train with staffs and spears as well. Contact us today to learn more about each.
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These are just a few of the many ways you can be getting in shape for sword fighting training. Just remember that this sport is suitable for any skill level or age, so there’s no reason to not give it a try. When you’re ready to schedule your first training session, give us a call and we’ll be glad to answer any questions you have.