Hitting too Hard
So in my mass amounts of reading on the Archive, I’ve come across many discussions on the level of hitting. Sir Diglach mac Cein wrote: If people are hitting too hard with any weapon, then those individuals needs to be dealt with. My question would be, how do you deal with that?
I’ve seen what happens to a person who tells someone they are getting hit too hard. They end up getting hit harder. Now, our core group of Knights/fighters don’t do this, but I saw it from others. However, by the time the person got done with ‘the lesson in telling’ they didn’t even want to deal with our guys for fear of being ‘a pussy’.
I got smacked around so hard once my bell got rung. It was seriously like the cartoon where both of your eyes going round and round in different directions. I kept thinking, ‘my armor will protect me, my armor will protect me’. It did. I didn’t get seriously hurt, just sick to my stomach. I mentioned to him that I was still new and that was a little more intense than I felt ready for.
His response? “You’re armored up, you take what you are given”. So as not to enter the realm of ‘pussy’ I went two more rounds with him and I swear he upped his game even more. That is when I came home with this:
Nice rattan shape there!
I kept dropping my sword arm because I was tired, but I was damned if I was going to stop and give the intention that I was wimping out. After this bout, I contacted my helm armorer and ordered a shiny new pair of shoulder armor. Can’t wait to try them out.
So, it was my fault, because I wasn’t armored like I should have been and my skill wasn’t where it should have been. Even though I tried to tell him it was too much, and he didn’t acknowledge it, I wasn’t going to tell the other Knights.
I step on the field, I get what I get. But, it would really be nice if people didn’t feel like they had to hit so hard they knock you into the next century. I’ve seen Sir Tjorkill and Sir Caius and Sir Tiernan plant wicked shots that killed you but didn’t ‘kill’ you.
So still the question, how do you really deal with it?