I belong to a Western Martial Arts group that studies 14 & 15th century masters. We strive to be historically accurate in the interpretations of the small amount of written material that is left from that time. Much time is spent on form and learning the concepts behind how a sword behaves. It is hard work that takes years to learn. If you want to get in there quick and learn some basic whacking techniques and get a great workout, not to mention the fun you'll have doing it, the SCA is the place to go.