I do enjoy Roland Warzecha’s high-quality videos on medieval weapons and their usage. I’m not entirely sure how to feel about this one, however. He’s suggesting that medieval people walked with a different type of step than us modern humans, because of the different footwear. The old way (he suggests) was to land on the ball of the foot first (but put the whole foot on the ground, not just the ball) instead of heel striking first. In a way it’s similar to the type of stepping you find in the Chinese martial art of Baguazhang.
I just tried this way of walking on a little trip around the office and I did notice that it was possible to walk around like this, and it definitely works the calves in a way that ‘normal’ walking does not. For me it’s still a big ask to believe that people used to do such a fundamental human activity, like walking, in a very different way to the way we do it today. Either way, it’s interesting. Have a watch and see what you think:
Edit August 2021: A note on this video now says: “I have learned a lot about this topic ever since this video was recorded, and consider the presentation incomplete now. Read more here: https://www.patreon.com/posts/13655286 “
Roland also has some great videos on medieval posture and fighting with weapons that are also worth watching if you haven’t seen them before:
The thrusting posture does look odd, especially for combat, but I can see what he means about it developing different muscles in the back.
This video about Viking arts is also a good watch:
And here’s some nice Sword and Buckler sparring from 2019: