This Documentary Illustrates How People Actually Fought With Swords [Video]

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Not surprisingly, there’s a big difference between actual sword fighting and choreographed scenes in movies. A new documentary called Back to the Source explores Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) through extensive research and study of period source material.

Filmmaker Cédric Hauteville and his team have painstakingly studied old books to gain an accurate account of centuries-old fighting styles. These were serious battles to the death where victory was won by any means necessary. It wasn’t graceful and it wasn’t elegant. It was brutal.

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After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the research and film is now complete and available on YouTube. You can watch the entire thing after the break.

(via Kotaku)

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