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Old 03-21-2018, 06:40 PM
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^^^ I think that's about as accurate as an opinion as one might get from someone in the know with experience.

History is a good teacher and as pointed out, the sword was the preferred weapon over sticks by those era combatants.

Thinking of it logically for a moment it makes sense.

The stick fighter must be extremely well trained and the ONLY way he scores a critical disabling hit is to the nogin. Other strikes may induce severe pain (shin, knee, arm, etc.) but only a head/neck strike would take the swordsman out.

By contrast, the swordsman could be even poorly trained but has the advantage that ANY strike will draw blood and cause severe pain. Blood loss is problematic for the victim, and it won't take long for the effects to start. And the swordsman can strike nearly any major area to cause real problems by hitting arteries, severing tendons, damaging muscles, or hitting organs or cutting bones.

I'd wager equally trained staff v. swordsman would go the swordsman way 9 out of 10 times.
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