Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oregon trip: Knights of Veritas

One of the first things I do when we get to Portland is to check out the Metro Parent calendar. and see what (preferably free) things are going on around town. We have discovered some amazing activities that way and I'm extremely thankful for the people who put out that publication!

On this trip one of the fun things we did was to go to a presentation at a Portland library done by the Knights of Veritas.

The first demo fight: this is what we see in Hollywood movies as "real swordfighting". Big noises, big sword clashes, dramatic ending.

The "real" fight - done in a style governed by the 4 fighting positions used in the 1300s. Much quicker, more efficient, less dramatic.

This video goes through the 4 fighting positions and demos how they used them to respond to different methods of attack. It's a lot like chess!

Unfortunately Skylar even lost the race to put on the armor due to the fact that he got completely hung up in his mail while attempting to put it on. He was a good sport about it though!

Here's the fight they demonstrated in answer to the question, "So how do you attack a guy wearing a full suit of armor?" The fight, as you will see, is over in about 2 seconds.

A win for Skylar!

But Sir Eric takes the final victory!

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