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random_soldier1337

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#1 8 years ago

How do you switch from backhand to forehand and vice versa easily?

Or is it just a fantasy seen in video games with overpowered people and big ass swords that weigh several billion tons but are wielded like paper and are the dullest and bluntest pieces of sharp weaponry? Or maybe only in movies? Or both?




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#2 8 years ago

If you're using a sword in battle, odds are you've been training for years, so it's basically second nature to you. Of course, you could also just do a backhand to knock the enemy's blade away, without actually trying to hit the opponent with the strike.




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#3 8 years ago
Crazy Wolf;5237828If you're using a sword in battle, odds are you've been training for years, so it's basically second nature to you. Of course, you could also just do a backhand to knock the enemy's blade away, without actually trying to hit the opponent with the strike.

And if you're doing that, chances are you're either in a movie or something very strange has happened. In all seriousness though, all you need to do is to spin it and grab it when it's facing down if I'm understanding you correctly.


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#4 8 years ago

Wait, are you thinking about a backhand (like you might see in a tennis match) or one where you're holding the blade, the point down and furthest away from your thumb a la the shower scene from Psycho?




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#5 8 years ago
Siddharth Gupta;5237647How do you switch from backhand to forehand and vice versa easily?

You mean life a knife? You don't, the angles it gives you aren't very good for longer weapons and chances are someone will just take the opportunity to knock it out of your hand.




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#6 8 years ago

Frankly, the only place I've actually seen people even using swords are movies and video games. But sometimes ideas in these are taken from real-life. Or at least the from some point in the past. So I am unsure of whether the things I'm thinking of use realistic sword techniques or just something that 's a thing to please the crowd.

I don't actually mean something like Star Wars TFU where the guy had a backhand stance all the time but how in some other games the guys keep fighting like normal and then all of a sudden make a backhand strike and then return to the forehand stance. Though, I have seen people flip and twirl and spin swords and staffs like crazy on those fight shows and documentaries they show on channels like Nat Geo and Discovery. I'm amazed they can even do all these tricks so fast. Most people I've seen people trying to imitate them (who are inexperienced) either bend their hands and arms in awkward positions by the end of the movement or do it so slow and still so awkwardly that it doesn't even make sense to have a move like that.




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#7 8 years ago

In order to spin a sword like that you have to effectively let it go, if someone hits it while you're doing that it's going to go flying.




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#8 8 years ago

So it's true that most flippy, spinny, twirly moves are all flash and no burn?




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#9 8 years ago

That is correct. Generally effective moves are fast and simple, you're conserving energy so that you can deliver more of it to the target.




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#10 8 years ago

If you look at swordplay in movies you can often tell that they are trying to hit each other's blade instead of trying to stab one another. That is a good indication that you are watching a show and not an actual fight.




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