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Re: Fighting

Poster: smithjh@ed.concord.wvnet.edu (Jason Smith)

>>I have recently had an experience that I feel is worth sharing.  In Caer
>Mear we all have a consistent calibration level.  All of us fighters are
>calibrated more or less the same.  I have been fighting for several years
>now (4 or 5).  I consider myself an experienced fighter.  I have recently
>purchased a new helm.  I had it made for my head.  At my first practice,
>this past Thursday, I tried my new helm.  I fought my squire brother
>first.  We fought a while and he said "weren't any of those blows good?"
> I said "I didn't feel a thing".  We then preceded to recalibrates me and
>my new helm.  I can no longer feel the blows but must listen to the sound
>to determine good blows, if I wish to keep the same calibration everyone
>is used to.  

Well actually I know (and probably many others know as well) that any time
new armor is on your body, your blow acknowledgement DOES change. So you
have to be re-calibrated (I don't mean to insult your intelligence, I'm sure
you know all of this) whenever you acquire some new, shiny armour. 
        But this does bring up a darn good point...Why do calibration levels
vary from person to person?? Am I correct in saying that all SCA
fighters(read:heavy) are assumed to be wearing a hauberk of mail,
Norman-type, open-faced helm and boiled leather vambraces & cuisses?? If so,
then shouldn't all fighters be in *about* the same calibration level?? Sure,
I know some like to be hit harder than others, but shouldn't  a good blow
for(or from) a novice fighter be the same *theoretically* as that of a
Knight???? If my thinking here is flawed or somewhat idealistic, someone
please tell me, but this question has been rolled around for a while by some
fighters I know.

So that I don't stir up too much *stuff* I'll stop here. Those who know me
know I can rattle for hours...

In Service,

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(pronounced [ key'-are-in Mac-Gavin] I think...) ;-)

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then without...

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