Armoured Foot Combat | Combat Demonstration

Hi, welcome to Royal Armouries, my name is David and I’m part of the education team and today me and Mike here have both just done one of our armoured combats See, here at the museum we don’t just like to keep things behind the cabinets we like to show you how it works. It’s a very entertaining thing so do come along to the Royal Armouries and see all of our combats, including us, in metal.

34 thoughts on “Armoured Foot Combat | Combat Demonstration

  1. I'd say: Get the poleaxes out, club him hard on the head with the hammer of the poleaxe, whack him again for good measure and then finish him off with the spike. And end him rightly by a harsh chop to the throat with the axe. Swords are soooo old-fashioned. We are not in the 1200s anymore.

  2. This channel is so underrated. Any time someone asks about Middle Age arms or armor, I'll recommend they look at this channel!

  3. What is the name of this particular piece of music used in your video?

    ~ Thanks for your answer in advance. Great work as always 🙂

  4. For a time armour was winning the arms race against long range weapons.
    Then gun powder came along and equalised the battlefield.

  5. Wtf you dont get hurt by getting hit in the belly by a sword pommel or a half swording hit … you guys have armors, remember ?

  6. You’re not even really using the swords like swords. For all the gripping you do with the blade you may as well just use a mace, or a hammer.

  7. Glad to see they're using proper techniques instead of the usual Hollywood style of slashing against plate causing the victim to magically die from surprise and fall over silently.

  8. This is very correct, with the sword, though a battle axe or mace is far better when going against most armor. Maces are really good for going after a knight in full plate armor. One may not get through that but the knight under the armor is going to be seriously bruised up.

  9. маловаты пушки для таких лат разве только заколотьполучится

  10. Right, the technique is correct, form is correct, but would have prefered a dagger through the gaps after pinning your foe to the ground.

    The expansion of the correct way Knights fought in the mid 1400's to the early 1500's has been sweet nectar to my eyes.

  11. Could be better, better to get martial artists for demonstrations the overacting really cheapened the experience and made it look silly rather than a serious and respectful representation of armoured fighting.

    Although this is a choreographed sequence and none of the attacks are actually dangerous and that's clear as day, some of the blows are still even more unbelievable.

    Examples are like 22 seconds in the two men exchange one after another two out of range weird shoves with the sides of their weapons, one of them with both hands on the handle and the weapon pointing towards the floor.

    That exchange 31 seconds in, same weird shoves with the side of the weapon towards the opponent's weapon. That grappling technique 37 seconds in needs to be seen to be believed, looks like something out of an aikido demonstration but with none of the precision or commitment that 'sells' an aikido demonstration.

    44 seconds in, the two exchange backhanded flicks with their hands.

    53 seconds in. Yes aiming for the gaps fine but at that range, from that position, with the sword held like that there's simply nothing on there and if a gap was found the position is too weak to cause proper harm through the gap. Most of the plates overlap from top to bottom, upwards strikes will find these gaps much easier. Conveniently swords are much easier to hold in one hand with the handle lower than the blade.

    I feel like there's probably a lot of martial artists in your immediate area that would jump at the chance to work with royal armouries to create both logical choreography and even to do armoured demos.

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