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How To Thrust - Anatomy Of A Sword Thrust
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Throughout history we humans have understood that if you took a sharp enough object and pushed it hard enough at something or someone, it could puncture and severely injure. Witness the worldwide usage of spears just about anywhere man set foot. This article is not so much interested in the thrusting techniques involved in spears. Rather we are more interested in the process involved in the usage of swords as thrusting weapons. So let us examine the sword as it pertains to thrusting.

Physical Aspects A lunging thrust is perhaps the most lethal attack a warrior could deliver with his sword. An effective soldier could easily place his weight behind the thrust as well as the speed and acceleration from the lung itself all concentrate the inertia into the point of the sword. Lets say you have a soldier weighing 170 pounds who is also wearing 30 pounds of armor and equipment. This is 200 pounds which can be thrown with a lunge, concentrated upon piercing the target. As you can no doubt imagine, this would have had a devastating effect if it connected with the unfortunate target.

Early Historical Use The first truly famous thrusting sword which appears in history is the Roman gladius. While its blade was shorter and fairly broad, this weapon's primary purpose was as a thrusting blade. The gladius did its job extremely well, however eventually became obsolete as the longer spatha became popular. The next famous thrusting blades were the longswords or hand-and-a-half swords which evolved to counter the increasing usage of plate armor. In order to defeat this many longswords were forged with stiffened narrow blades, the ideal traits for a quality thrusting blade. In order to increase the accuracy of thrusts and exploit grooves and openings in armor, knights would thrust from the half-sword stance, using their swords as if they were a short spear and gripping the blade and hilt simultaneously. However the thrust never saw more prominence as a technique than with the advent of the rapier.

The rapier was designed to be a civilian alternative for self-defense, affording its wielder more flexibility and being less cumbersome than the longsword and other arming swords of the time. Rapier blades were narrower and stiffened, just as is prescribed for a quality thrusting weapon. Additionally, eloquent hilts were added to protect the hand and add a sense of style to the weapon.

The Anatomy of a Thrust Ridolfo Capoferro in his writings urges his readers to focus primarily upon thrusting techniques as the primary method of offense. In rapier duels, the motion of cutting takes the point of the blade away from the center line, which Capoferro stresses it is of utmost importance to maintain the the blade centered with the point facing your opponent. For he informs us that when performing a perfect thrust, in which the entire body is thrown behind the sword and strikes in a straight line for its target, the opponent cannot successfully strike back from a straight on thrust, for the forte of the rapier serves to effectively shield the fencer from harm, and in thrusting in the most direct line between oneself and the opponent, this avenue of attack is closed to the opponent.

This general theory of thrusting has carried on through the smallsword and into today's fencing, whereupon we have epee and foil implementing similar thrusting techniques, refined and handed down to us from thousands of years of swordsmen, all utilizing one of the simplest and yet most dangerously effective melee attacks.


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