A long sword might lack the swinging power and the swiftness of the curved sword however it has other applications and advantages. A longer reach and thrusting ability is one of many advantages of the long sword. It is proven that a thrusting stab is lot harder to defend against. The long sword inflicts a fatal wound from a farther distance and it is faster. The geometry of a straight weapon means its thrust hits more quickly and is more deceiving than a curved sword. The attacker is also less exposed.

The long sword was designed and built by the Europeans. It penetrates through a relatively heavy armour a lot more effectively than a curved sword.

The straightness of the blade presents more control. The mechanics and the geometry of the sword produce a higher capacity of defensiveness. It is easier to parry against an attack and repost with relatively good accuracy. Thus the blade becomes an extension of the forearm. This characteristic gives the wielder more control over the blade.

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  • Arash

    Arash Karpour

    worked and trained with head coach Maestro Antonio Signorello (former Italian Olympic Team Coach). Responsibilities include organizing, managing and coaching the cadet team as well as private / one-on-one lessons. University of New South Wales foil coach. Responsibilities are organizing and planning the training scheme for the trainees, group lessons and private /one-on-one lessons. Selector and manager of the UNSWFC representative team for Australian University Games (AUG)