This is part of an ongoing project to summarize and provide SCA focused commentary on The Schoole of the Noble and Worthy Science of Defence by Joseph Swetnam, published in 1617.
For links to the other sections of the Swetnam Project please go here.
I am using this facsimile: http://tysonwright.com/sword/SwetnamSchooleOfDefence.pdf for the project.
Chapter two of Joseph Swetnam’s work is less than three pages long. That’s not enough for a whole post. So I’ll put three chapters together here.
Chap. II. Declaring the difference of sundry mens teaching, with a direction for the entrance into the practice with thy weapons
There are innumerable styles and fashions of fighting. Every man practices his art in a slightly different way. Once you have settled into a style it is very difficult to change, even if there is a major issue with what you’re doing.
But true skill of weapons is never forgotten. Even years later you will remember how to fight. Even if you have just having seen someone else fight before you will remember some of it. Similarly a man who doesn’t know how to swim may save themselves from drowning by remembering what others did. If people are able to do this, how much more if they were trained from a young age.