When I was in college, I did fencing for over a year. Since people don't carry rapiers anymore, I never thought that I would utilize it in a real fight. That changed at Elite Krav Maga Academy many months back. I adapted a move where I feint to one target and circle around to stab another into a slick lateral palm strike-backfist combo. Brian has excellent striking and I was able to catch him with it twice in a row. I knew that, if it could work on him, that I was on to something. That was confirmed earlier tonight when I sparred with Jeremy.
Jeremy is such a dynamic striker that he can clip my chin with his foot and tag me elsewhere before I know what hits me. Yet I managed to get him multiple times with different variations of this attack. Using empty-handed techniques, I would feint to his face and attack his body. Then I would feint to his body and attack his face. I even adapted the representative snake movement, attacking his arm, but going to his body rather than his face. Even though I still lost the match, I did better against him than I've ever done. I didn't get into real trouble until I abandoned the tactic for dragon-style moves, at which point I got my butt handed too me. At any rate, I've wanted to study the European martial arts since I was in college, weaponry in particular. Originally, it was just to have accurate swordfights in my book series. However, now I believe that fencing and other European weapons' arts can be adapted to modern combat. It will take a lot of study, experimentation, and practice, but I know that I can do it.