As Far as My posts goes.. I wasn’t suggesting that WMA was suspect either… My experience (and my experience ONLY) I have found that the WMA people or people who follow that vein…..that I have come across “who have aversions” to the SCA are either 1) Do not know much about the SCA and the high level of competition that exist or 2) Tried the SCA at some local back water level…thought it was a “beat down fest” and didn’t like what they experienced

I can under stand the beat down viewpoint (having witnessed it more than a few times)

You are 100% correct. When I have pressed WMA guys why they hate SCA so much I have found they have tried it and experience very poor practices full of newbies or they had a beat down experience when they tried it. In my area we go very easy on Newbies. We are very conscience of some of the bad karma created in the past. There is also another segment that just dislikes that not everyone what to do what they want to do.


My Hapkido training has kept me from becoming a knight (all my friends in the SCA are Knights or Dukes) When I’m up and fighting I fight at that level. So I know how good and demanding these guys are. There is a cost on the body when training in this sport (as is other very aggressive sports)

I very much agree. SCA rattan is a very tough on the body. Not only in getting hit but in just constantly striking at full speed and power. It wears the joints and tendons.


So when I come across a condescending WMA or escrima, or Kendoka on the internet…..I’m always aggressively defensive. Sometimes to the point of issuing “a put up or shut up challenged” Is this wrong? Yea… I’m not perfect

We are of the same mind. I respect every one's marital art, but when people start talking down SCA they had better be prepared to prove what they are saying. No one gets hurt, I have an extra set of armor for anyone interested in teaching me a lesson. All safe and in good sprite.


Tsafa where do you hail from?

Ostgardr, East Kingdom (NYC). I had the honer of meeting you Mid-Relm'ers on the field of honer at Pennsic again this past summer. You fought well and earned victory and honer.I made some friends from Mid-Relm but I don't remember their names and will not see them until next year.

Edited by tsafa (10/11/08 02:37 AM)
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