An Introduction to Sword Fighting

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Sword fighting is a fun and engaging hobby pursued by thousands of Americans. Whether you're interested in sparing, medieval role play or collecting, sword fighting is a great hobby to pursue.

When you hear the term 'sword fighting,' you likely think of medieval wizardry and knights in full armor. However, unbeknownst to many, sword fighting is still a popular, enjoyable sport today. Here are a few things you should know about sword fighting.

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What is Modern Sword Fighting

Modern sword fighting today is much different than sword fighting in the days of yore. Today, it exists in two different forms. All around the United States, there are sword fighting clubs where those with a passion for sword fighting gather to practice their craft. Most of those involved have a historical interest in sword fighting. Participants often dress in medieval garb and participate in friendly jousts, which are non-competitive. The idea is to celebrate the historical importance and the craft of sword fighting—not slice your opponent to pieces. Additionally, those with a keen interest in sword fighting often attend medieval fairs or festivals, where the craft of sword fighting is celebrated among a number of enthusiasts.

Backyard Cutting

In addition to sparring, another popular sword fighting activity is backyard cutting, which involves slicing up targets for practice. Some popular targets are: water filled jugs, cardboard boxes, slabs of meat, newspapers, wood and others. When engaging in backyard cutting, safety is very important. Check out this e-book for some popular tactics for backyard cutting.

Sword Fighting for Exercise

Many people pick up sword fighting to buff up on their physical condition. Sword fighting is high-intensity exercise. Not only does it burn fat, but it can also add muscle to your body. Sword fighting classes are available at many gyms and health clubs. If your local fitness center doesn't have a class, check out YouTube for self-guided sword fighting exercise videos.

Types of Swords

If you're interested in sword fighting, the first step is to purchase a sword. Swords can be bought online or at trade shows and stores. One of the first things to determine is what kind of sword you want. A few popular categories are: Asian swords, Egyptian swords, raptors, claymores and others. Before you purchase a sword, read about the different types and figure out which sword will best suit your needs.

Antique Swords

Antique swords are also very popular. Whether you're looking for a replica of the sword of Scottish rebel William Wallace, a King Solomon sword or King Arthur's Excalibur sword, there are a number of antique and specialty swords available. In addition, at pawn shops or collector's shows, you can also find many old swords that can be a valuable addition to any sword collection.

The Bottom Line on Swords

Whether you're interested in sword collecting or sword fighting, swords are a great way to pick up a new hobby, lose some weight or meet some new friends.

Want to buy a sword? Check out our collection of swords and rapiers.