Historical European Martial Arts
Thanks for the question!
That's what these forums are for. They are a great place to throw stuff out, and chew on ideas, ask questions, analyze things.
Thank you so much! That's really helpful and it clarifies a lot.
Martin got back to me. This is what my guy said initially, as usual don't overthink it. :D
"Hello Lee!This is just a demonstration which means it has some artifacts which may or may not be present in sparring. Also this situation is highly variable, you may retreat, step forward, stay in place etc etc... Many different inputs to basically the same thing.But generally speaking, I'd advise people to parry even when voiding because you can't be ever sure that the other one won't reach you even with a little nick. Better safe then sorry." - Martin Fabian
Remember, the beauty of Youtube is that you can ask the author questions like this directly.
I would say that when you meet a blade with some resistance they tend to push through a bit firmer. That and it slightly changes the path.
Martin is in the T-shirt. I can ask for you. Great question!
I was just wondering why at 1:04 and 3:31 the guy in the t shirt nicked the other sword as he was moving backward. He could have voided altogether and the sword would have still missed but he raised his sword so the other sword nicked his. Any ideas why he did that?