So, since I come from a discipline outside modern sport fencing, I figure it would be fair to ask if there's room here for discussion of that sort of thing?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not heaping any hate on the modern schools, and I love to watch, I just blink a lot and have no clue what's going on when I do.
By other disciplines, I'm speaking of the Renaissance rapier traditions, or classical Victorian/Edwardian foil and smallsword, or Fiore, Lichtenhauer, and Talhoffer's longsword schools.
And in addition to your disciplines (all of which I love) there's medieval weaponry, Staged Combat, Fantasy Combat, the Italian school, the Spanish school, the Polish - I don't know if you could call it a school exactly, but it's a distinctive form of sabre fighting, definitely not Olympic sabre - and as the Ariston ad goes - and on and on and on and on.....
I don't know if the forum moderators allow that kind discussion here or not, but my site (as the name implies) embraces all sword disciplines, the more the merrier.
I've already discovered that enthusiasts in some sword disciplines often don't know about closely related types of combat in other countries, and I'm kinda thinking of maybe offering a melting-pot forum where everyone can get together - lovers of the duello and a whole host of other non-Olympic sword forms - and chew the fat.
But of course if the moderators here will set up a melting-pot thread, then I wouldn't need to do that ;0
Just a thought...
Just examples of the pre-modern European traditions that I could come up with off the top of my head. ;>
Myself, I study Fabris' rapier treatise, and have picked up a little of the Spanish Destreza from a friend.