Hand to hand combat tactics
Tactics used in hand to hand combat vary as greatly as though that perform them. Whilst dirty tricks are frowned upon in recreationist combat, there are a large variety of combat tactics used during the medieval period.
These range from the tricks of combat styles (specialist moves that may be unexpected) to tactics designed to gain a psycological (putting an opponent on the back foot or making them halter in their attack) or physiological advantage (higher ground or fighting into the sun).
While many different styles of fighting have grown up within the SCA, there are two truly codified systems of fighting sword and shield, the Society's most popular fighting form.
Those styles are Bellatrix and Oldcastle, created by the legendary Duke Paul of Bellatrix and the late Duke Gyrth Oldcastle, respectively.
Details of their respective styles can be found at
Jokes about Fighting Methods
The "easy" (BASIC style) method
10 hit other person 20 don't let them hit you 30 goto 10
There is also scope for
1A. Run away
1B. If not then:
2A. Run away faster
2B. Experience pain