14409Re: [SCA-JML] Re: nunchaku, flails and tetsubo
- May 3, 2004Toshinobu-dono,
Interesting reply. Am I really coming across as if I have some kind of
vested interest in all of this? I know that I've got a bit of an
anti-authoritarian streak in me, so I can be a little "contrary" at times.
Its just an *idea* I have - that it might be possible to make an SCA legal
flail or morningstar (though not a nunchaku, or course...). I'm not out to
hurt people or take risks at other people's expense. Its just that when
someone tells me I *can't* do something, my natural reaction is to at least
ask why... and if I'm not satsified with the answer, to try and do it
That said, I'm not actually interested in doing that right now. I'm too
absorbed with the latest fechtbuch to worry about building the perfect
flail (one day though, I just *know* it can be done....:)).
And of course we must keep our safety in mind. When someone suggests we
try something new and dangerous (like grappling or grabbing swords for
instance), I'm usually the first to say "no way"! I've got a regular job to
do that involves me being on call to restrain someone at a moment's notice.
I can't really afford to carry around any injuries. However, if it can be
proved to me that a new weapon or technique can be used safely, then I'm
all for it.
"Also remember we are "guests" of our Occidental friends in the SCA and
some weapons of the orient will not conform easily or at all to the Rules
of the List."
Ahhh... actually, I'm one of those "Occidental friends" at the moment. :)
I've been playing a Frenchman for the last seven years. But don't worry,
I'm not about to put together my oriental persona, march out onto the field
with a dangerous tetsubo or nunchaku or other untried weapon and demand
that people accept my weapon along with my new persona - thus ruining for
everyone else who wants to be Japanese. :p
Anyway... I'm perhaps getting a little overwrought over nothing. Sorry if I
got anyone else worried that I was about to test my opinions about the
potential safety of flails or tetsubos by trying one out on an unsuspecting
opponent at the next tourney. I'm sure my knight and my lady would be most
displeased if I did.
- Andre le hyakusho
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