posted on Oct, 21 2011 @ 08:03 PM
Originally posted by ElectricUniverse
Let's say this is not a rumor, imo it is but a hobby maybe? if they really wanted to learn close combat skills Martial Arts will ALWAYS win against
A knight with a broadsword is no match against a Samurai, or a real ninja trained with a katana.
Well, these are different scenarios.
Knights with broadsword fought as part of an army, this is distinct from 1 on 1 personal combat.
I wouldn't underestimate a good Western army from 1500 vs a Japanese army from the same period.
In the later periods the Western weaponry became more specialized and bifurcated into army combat vs personal weaponry in 1600's/1700's. Armies used
guns and artillery.
The rapier, a lighter long weapon is characteristic of this age [personal defense weapon of the aristocracy] and more comparable with the Japanese
Samurai in terms of being designed for one one one combat (though the katana type of weapon uses more slashing technique like the cavalry sabre). In
a medieval army environment, the guys with the armor and broadsword will win. In a less armored one-on-one scenario the guy with the rapier or
japanese sword will win.
As a puncture weapon the rapier is quite effective and deadly with appropriate technique (footwork!).
Modern sport fencing (a western semi-martial art) foil and epee come from training techniques for the rapier type of weapon.
21-10-2011 by mbkennel because: (no reason given)