Carl John Hess cjhess at
Fri Aug 22 15:00:14 PDT 1997

> Larkin wrote:

> Heavy fighters ignore anything that doesn't arrive with enough force
> to have been a killing blow with a sword. We train that way
> constantly. Now if there were as much training against arrows it might
> be different, but somehow I think that calling arrow shots accurately
> would lead to  calling light sword blows good.  

I agree with you.  I tend to ignore those blows that don't make me go,
"Ow," just a little bit, but I armor light for greater sensitivity. (Sounds
like a Trojan commercial, huh?  :) )  Maybe we could try to get some space
where lights could participate more in fight practices?  I think this would
help the training issue.

I think you are right that we don't tend to train with arrows and javelins
and such.  I don't think that training with them would cause me to call a
light sword blow good, though.  It would make me more attuned to light

Also, I think most people can gauge up or down as the situation demands. 
You're not going to gauge at a crown tournament level to go 2-3 rounds with
a newbie, right?  If that newbie scores a clean, unimpeded blow on you, you
call it.  Does it matter if the blow didn't raise a welt or cause you hear
little birdies? I think not.  The same could be said for an arrow or tennis
ball.  I don't mean that you should not call a blow unless you hear little
birdies, but maybe we have de-sensitized to much.

On the archery issue, has anyone ever seen or experienced the mythical
"golf-tube" arrows I used to hear about?  Apparently, these arrows could be
fired from a bow of up to 50 lbs.  That would pretty much remove the doubt
factor as to whether you had been hit, I think.
> Solution?  fight light. Light fighters are used to calling light. :)

I did.  It was a whole lot more fun than I ever thought it would be.  For a
long time I thought lights just got in the way of the "real fighters." 
Now, however, I really enjoy having them around.  Especially the, "LIGHT!
YOU'RE DEAD!" part. Ha ha ha ha!

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