Richard Swinney

Medieval Hunting as Training for War Insights for the Modern Swordsman (Richard Swinney) - APD2(2014)

Citation Information: Acta Periodica Duellatorum. Volume 2, Issue 1, Pages 179-193, ISSN (Online) 2064-0404, December 2015


Since antiquity, hunting (the pursuit of large game with dogs, swords,
spears and bows) has been advocated as the best means of training men for war.
The cognitive, psychological and physical demands of hunting in this fashion
develop a fundamentally different skill set from that of standard modern Western
Martial Arts training. Still legal in the United States, hunting wild boar
employing medieval weapons and methods provides insights into
swordsmanship readily available nowhere else.