Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Ann Arbor, MI
Well David, having held many Laz Bicagi and shotels, as well as one of those monstrosities, I can assure you that wielding it effectively is just as realistic as using a fork with haphazardly bent tines. Perhaps,- just perhaps:-),- that was the reason why this construction was never adopted outside its very limited areals.
At your suggestion I have looked at the "instructional videos" on YouTube. Looks very good against an opponent who doesn't move his shield even an inch and never uses his own normal sword. Would look even better against a punching bag.
African swords with rare exceptions are artistically fascinating but practically not very useful.