Gosh, I hate my goofy questions! Everyone else has national or world politics issues, and I just think about myself I have studied some historic combat techniques, as recorded by masters of their respective time periods (sp. Elizabethan & Victorian). When watching choreographed works, in almost every single case (be it workshop, television, or stage), I whine about the complete inaccuracy and failure to respect history. Ofcourse, I understand that the audience must be able to see what is happening, and that it must be safe... but I still maintained that what is widely portrayed is completely wrong. Just read this... I would say that the above is utter nonsense! Since when do people actually stop to think about the actor? They would have me forget the actual methods of combat (recorded C15th ~ C19th) and copy the errors entrenched over the last decades (C20th). In every piece of choreography I have seen, I feel the actor wouldn't last 2 seconds had it been real! This thought distracts and ruins whatever I am watching... surely it would be better if they at least held the weapons as originally intended? But, perhaps I am being stubborn; this does seem to come naturally. So I would like the perspective of someone who is completely neutral (i.e. not been taught choreography, and not been taught the actual history). Thanks.