> > I also think people should be allowed to pad and strike with the
> > bottom of the naginata, but that gets into a whole other discussion
> > about SCA fighting rules.
> Yep - we get into the whole 'quarterstaff' thing, which, unless
>there's a complete turnover in the upper-level marshallate, and the
>Board, and large-scale requests from the fightign community, won't
Could someone explain the problem with the 'quarterstaff' thing?
As I heard it, a power swing against a helmet--essentially a polearm version
of kabuto-wari*--proved that you could seriously dent a freon-can helm.
This made people very wary about using polearms, and so people instituted
the '90 degree rule'--you cannot swing the polearm more than 90 degrees
during the strike. This means you really can't do 'quarterstaff' work
because the end would have to come more than 90 degrees around.
However, last time I read the rules in the West Kingdom, they had removed
the '90 degree' rule and added a 'sufficient force' rule, or something
similar--basically, the arc doesn't matter, but the fighter is responsible
for not doing a huge power swing, whether it is 90 degrees or not.
So, unless other kingdoms held onto the '90 degrees', what is the problem
with having a padded end to strike people with? They have already proven
that a stave of wood could be an effective weapon.
I could also get into about how I get hit below the knees all the time in
naginatado, and don't know of any serious injuries, but that's another topic
that I'm not ready to fight for, I think.
This was, however, changed
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