On Ari Meghlen’s blog, I found a fascinating blog post about sword fighting. I think it might be interesting particularly to fantasy writers. It is an article, written by Morgan Morrow, a writer, sword fighter and martial artist. Thank you very much for all the information Morgan!
by Morgan Morrow
A love of Swords
I’ve always loved stories featuring heroes wielding swords. That love eventually resulted in my finding and joining a dojo that teaches a school of kenjutsu dating back to the warring states period in Japan.
My years of practice have given me an insight into sword fighting that I think is fairly uncommon in this day and age. My experience is limited to the katana, but I feel like much of it could apply to other swords and other fighting styles as well.
Using a sword
Firstly, swords are generally expensive weapons and they are not indestructible. Trying to cut through someone’s sword is unrealistic, but hitting it broadside and shattering the blade is not.