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Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team

Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team

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We are a weapons demonstration team of former friends and students of swordsmanship authority Hank Reinhardt. The Reinhardt Legacy Fight Team started years ago as a casual group that regularly met with Hank at his house in Stone Mountain, GA during the 90s to spar. Later, some original members were in the Museum Replicas Ltd. Fight Team when he was director of MRL. Our purpose was to perform in sparring demonstrations. Two members have been in Hank's videos "Viking Sword" and "Myth of the Sword" as actors. Hank is gone now, but the friends Hank brought together have formed a team to promote "The Book of Swords". This final book has been published posthumously by his family. We use the Gray Wolf as our logo in honor and memory of Hank. This was his heraldic device when he was active in the formative years of the SCA in the southern US. He was a key founder in the movement in the South. Later in life he went on to train and advise in print, video, and demonstrations. He was a key figure in launching the current, almost mainstream level of interest in swords in North America by being the first to provide usable arms that the average enthusiast could afford. Hank opened his home and knowledge to us in our youth. We are not unique in this, many people who knew Hank have had similar experiences. We are continuing to entertain, inform, spar, cut, and test new theories. We demonstrate the use of classical weapons with cutting demonstrations and full contact sparring. Hank's philosophy was that fighting for your life requires ruthless efficiency. Our group has an aim at realism, eclipsed by needs for safety. Fairness does not figure in this equation. This attitude is out of keeping with some sport fighting organizations, but Hank was adamant about learning to fight, not learning sport. We do not promote any culture, era, or weapon above others. We evaluate the weapons and methods based on utility. Testing them in the contexts they were conceived, and in hypothetical situations, both modern and ancient. Hank loved to experiment and designed several fantasy swords that have no historical counterpart, but are very funtional. Hank enjoyed innovating new techniques with ancient weapons as well as taking what was useful from historical fechtbooks, but always with an eye for the practical. This was life and death afterall. (Taken from The Fight Team's official page)