Slow Motion Pell Training (strong)

This video is about my heavy pell training.

I made a video about my usual pell training before so this is some sort of additional follow up.

When I started with pell training I trained stepping, distance, timing and other techniques that usually don’t involve strength. Or force, to be precise.

I knew that my swords could deal with a real beating. Some are in use for about 8 years by now. They survived lots of abusive tests, like throwing, and may not be in best shape any more.

So to get my muscles and joints used to stress I started to really beat up the pell. This was not about technics but to get used to the feedback recieved from real strikes.

I can’t apply the same force during sparring. Unlike a Federschwert the blunt doesn’t give much way and the risk is just not worth it.

But see for yourself how fast the pell gets gnawed off and enjoy the flying splinters in slow motion. Please note that I stood way to close to the pell to keep the camera as close as possible.

Again this is not a tutorial. I simply show what can be done.

Mobile Blade – Indoor HEMA Practise Sword (Enable subtitles!)

How I built my HEAM indoor practise sword. This video shows the assembly of my own Mobile Blade Indoor Trainer.

This practise sword variant was designed by Thomas from Medieval Review. The OBJ files can be downloaded on Thingiverse. Additional required parts are listed there too.


Slow Motion Cutting Practise

More waste disposal

This was spontaneous recorded when I had some friends over for my birthday. The weather was very cold and cloudy but I really wanted to give my new camera a try and create some slow motion footage with the 200 FPS mode.

I also decided to utilise my dashcam for a second angle. That turned out surprisingly well and I’ll probably use a similiar setup again.

We had a lot of trouble with the cold. The water froze immediately. Even on the blade. That totally ruined the balance. It’s save to assume that people back then had the same trouble while fighting in the wintertime. We had to bring the sword inside for proper cleaning as the ice kept forming on the blade.

On The Pell

Against a wooden stake. This was made to show you various way what you can train on your own with just a pell when there’s no partner around. Just be aware to train according to your weapon. Not every waster can deal with intense impact.

This was spontaneous recorded when I went for a training session in the afternoon while the weather was nice and sunny. We got cosy 5°C today.

I’m sorry for the terrible audio. This footage is recorded with a tablet and the micro just doesn’t cut it. Also I’m training behind the barn and there’s a frequented road next to it.

This was made to show you various ways how you can train on your own with just a pell when there’s no partner around. Just be aware to train according to your weapon. Not every waster can deal with intense impact. My blunt one is doing the job since 2012 and didn’t even start to rattle on the guard.


Read how I built my pell on my blog:

One of the simplest training tools for practicing strikes in Renaissance martial arts was the pell. The pell was an ancient training device for practicing swordplay and training soldiers in arms. It typically served as a practice target for striking with a shield and a wooden sword. A pell is something like the Medieval equivalent of a boxer’s punching bag. It consists of an ordinary wooden post or tree trunk planted firmly in the ground. A pell might be man-height and roughly six to twelve inches in diameter.J. Clements, On The Pell

This article got me started with pell works. While a pell does not replace a proper sparring partner some techniques can be trained on a pell. More on this topic can be read on Essential Training: The Pell by Stewart Feil.
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