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2622Re: [E_Rapier] Rapier at Scotchtoberfest

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    Oct 10, 2012
      Just to get things back on topic, I understand the concerns of Her Excellency, the DSRM. There was a two handed weapons tourney at Murder Melee, and several people invoved had not handled a longsword before. After some discussion and some demonstration, the tourney went off without a hitch, and some of the participants were pretty enthusiastic about playing with longswords, which I'm thinking was one of the purposes of the tourney. I will do the same before the tourney I will be running at Scotchtoberfest.
      Also, if a person is sufficently skilled to have authorized in single sword, and is safe on the list in terms of calibration, the transition to using the longsword isn't a big deal, especially since they''l not be using it to do C&T but the thrust and drawcut of Heavy Rapier. That tends to take a lot of the risk out of it. As long as a person is made aware that they can deliver a harder blow with two hands, something I will make sure I will do, then there shouldn't be an issue.
      I hope I have addressed your concerns sufficently, Your Excellency, and I look forward to you participating in the days tourneys, so you can observe directly the steps taken to ensure a safe and fun day for all.
      RMIC, Scotchtoberfest

      From: Aaron Miedema <govianus@...>
      To: E_Rapier@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:12:35 PM
      Subject: Re: [E_Rapier] Rapier at Scotchtoberfest

      Indeed, and under a seperate subject heading would be the appropriate
      place.  =)

      On Wed, Oct 10, 2012 at 10:12 PM, thltoymaker <thltoymaker@...> wrote:

      > **
      > From Gerrard: It is also prudent for any Marshal or any fencer to voice
      > concern where concern is warranted !
      > On 10/10/2012 8:47 PM, Aaron Miedema wrote:
      > >
      > >
      > > Eyrny
      > >
      > > Thanks for sharing your ideas on the subject of two handed weapons,
      > > knowing where people stand on various issues is critical in finding
      > > consensus on improving such matter.
      > >
      > > But, Albrecht is correct on the subject of two handed weapons. This
      > > is how kingdom policy currently stands.
      > >
      > > I might suggest that you
      > > a) don't play or marshall the tournament if you have safety concerns
      > > about it.
      > > b) address your concerns about the issue of two handed weapons to the
      > KRM.
      > >


      Aaron Miedema, B.F.A., B.A., M.A.
      Historical Advisor for the Motion Picture *21 Brothers*
      Author of *Bayonets and Blobsticks, The Canadian Experience of Close Combat
      1915-1918*, available from Legacy Books Press.

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