"They wave the yoke, chop the saber": the whole truth about the spectacular flanking

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"They wave the yoke, chop the saber": the whole truth about the spectacular flanking
"They wave the yoke, chop the saber": the whole truth about the spectacular flanking
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Since the beginning of the 2000s, various Cossack communities began to appear actively in a number of countries of the former USSR. Together with them, the art of flanking began to spread - masterful and spectacular possession of a checker. In less than 10 years, a lot of new terms and concepts have been formed, which indicates the formation of the school of flanking. Today, not a single prominent Cossack event can do without "waving a saber". And here the question arises: what does all this have to do with real Russian or Ukrainian Cossacks?

Useless danger

Checker flanking is a performance
Checker flanking is a performance

It is safe to say that the modern art of flanking has nothing at all to do with the real representatives of the Cossacks who lived in the Zaporozhye Sich. Even the most superficial acquaintance with the history of combat training and combat skill of the Cossacks makes it clear: neither during the time of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, nor during the time of the Russian Empire, the Cossacks were engaged in any flanking. This is also recognized by those who today consider themselves Cossacks (which is very strange, since the estate society has not existed for more than 100 years) or who are engaged in the historical reconstruction of the Cossacks, while being conscientious and dedicated people.

In terms of real combat, many moves are downright dangerous
In terms of real combat, many moves are downright dangerous

Flanking with a saber has absolutely no combat effectiveness. Moreover, this activity is extremely dangerous from the point of view of martial art, since any fragile and unreliable grip of a weapon in a real battle is considered an extremely vicious and destructive deed for the swordsman himself. At the same time, when performing many flanking techniques, edged weapons are completely held by several fingers.

Today, not a single festival is complete without flanking
Today, not a single festival is complete without flanking

The most important thing is that in real combat fencing, all techniques are extremely simple and extremely "boring". Basically, it all comes down to lunges, thrusts and chops. Flanking is literally filled with graceful and overtly redundant movements that do absolutely nothing but waste the swordsman's time. You can get acquainted with the technique of real combat fencing of Russian Cossacks and cavalry, for example, having got acquainted with the treatise of Vasily Mikhailovich Gladkov from 1893: "Fencing with checkers and pikes for training in combat units" (with 56 drawings!).

Not useless occupation

First, it's beautiful
First, it's beautiful

Initially, the term "flanking" was used among cavalrymen to the art of combat handling with a pike. It is difficult to say when exactly the concept of flanking began to be used for artificial possession of a saber and even a whip. It can be stated with a high degree of certainty that this concept did not appear in the Russian Empire, and certainly not in the Soviet Union. Most likely, flanking with a saber appeared somewhere in the late 1990s, early 2000s, when the movement of historical reconstruction began to actively develop on the territory of the former Soviet Union (although it appeared back in the days of the USSR). Along with knightly, Peter's, Napoleonic and many other clubs, the Cossacks did not go unnoticed.

Physical activity is always beneficial
Physical activity is always beneficial

Some even believe that the fashion for colorful and graceful waving with melee weapons appeared in the 1990s thanks to Hong Kong militants, where all kinds of kung fu masters wielded in a similar way. The version is interesting, although not yet fully substantiated.

Flanking is like dancing
Flanking is like dancing

Whatever the degree of combat uselessness of flanking with a saber and the history of the formation of this discipline, the main thing from flanking with melee weapons is not to be taken away - it is beautiful and spectacular. In addition, like any vigorous exercise, flanking is generally beneficial to health, especially joints, if the risk of injury is eliminated.

Continuing the topic, read about why are the Cossacks with earrings in their ears they were reluctant to enter the battle.

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