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Re: [Groop] Wow!
i totally disagree with this. in fact, i am gonna go thru my comix and find
> Do we have any references of Groo being trained with a sword. I don't
> remember any. Frequently, when he is asked to train others, he simply hits
> the trainees over the head and tells them to block the hit. Since we can
> probably assume that we train others the way we are ourselves trained, that
> Groo learned to fight with swords by blocking incoming swords and cutting
> at open targets.
> He simply has a knack for using a sword, but there is still no technique
> behind it. There is no fear. There is simply mindlessness, and an uncanny
> knack for not cutting himself.
> Another reason I would think he hits by accident is the fact that he
> frequently decimates his own side in a battle. He isn't looking at what he
> is hitting, he is just hitting it.
> He is very good with his swords, I agree. I just can't call it skill.
> Richard Buswell
> Iain Bryan <email@example.com> on 05/25/2000 05:07:50 PM
> To: Richard A. Buswell/MF Support/DST/US@DST
> Subject: Re: [Groop] Wow!
> if you've read all of the issues, and think back..there are many many many
> times where groo is displayed as knowing what he is doing w/ the swords.
> it's not always when he is fighting. remember life of groo? as a child he
> superb w/ the blade.
> he was born, grabs a knife and slices w/ it.
> RABuswell@dstsystems.com wrote:
> > Ah, but he is also described by his opponents as mindless in his attacks.
> > His methods would be attributed to innate natural talent, and not to
> > training or technique. He uses no strategy, doesn't know what strategy
> > and couldn't care less.
> > Like many of the Berserkers of old, the real edge he has is that he shows
> > no fear in battle. What sane, rational, thinking person is going to
> > in combat with someone who has absolutely no regard for his own personal
> > safety? That person is going to win.
> > Groo does what Groo does best, which is the mindless destruction of
> > everything around him. Those windmilling blades make a formidable
> > to all his opponents. Many times he is lost without his swords, and is
> > usually easily defeated. This is not a man of fighting skill. This is a
> > man who waves his swords around to lethal effect.
> > There is an old Japanese tale of a peasant who offended a Samurai. The
> > Samurai told the peasant that he would return in a month's time, and
> > the peasant in a duel. The peasant went to hermit master and asked the
> > master to teach him enough swordplay so as to put forth a decent effort
> > before dying. The master refused, saying there was not enough time.
> > However, there was one move he could teach the peasant that, if properly
> > executed, would defeat (kill) the Samurai. The peasant practiced this
> > particular move, day after day, and mastered its technique. Eventually,
> > the Samurai returned, and the two took up their stance for the duel. The
> > Samurai looked at his opponent, and saw the stance the peasant took. He
> > knew that if the peasant performed the move he set up for, he would kill
> > the Samurai, but the peasant would be killed in the process. (The old
> > master neglected to tell the peasant this.) The Samurai looked in the
> > peasant's eyes and saw no fear of death in them, and called off the
> > knowing that the duel would end in the death of both.
> > The lesson in that story is that those who face death without fear can
> > defeat death. The peasant won his life out of ignorance. Groo wins for
> > much the same reason. Neither one realizes that what they are doing is
> > supposed to kill them, and so their opponents back down.
> > Plus, there is the added protection of his body odor. It's hard to fight
> > when you are gagging from the smell.
> > (This is all a moot point if Mark and Sergio say otherwise.)
> > Richard Buswell
> > http://www.kcstage.com
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> > http://www.geocities.com/rabuswell
> > Iain Bryan <firstname.lastname@example.org> on 05/25/2000 03:50:16 PM
> > Um...Groo is an excellent fighter..that's what he does best. It's not
> > an
> > accident.
> > iain
> > > > Stylistically, Groo should have no form or technique whatsoever,
> > > > but should
> > > > blindly and stupidly fight, parrying as much by accident as by
> > > > killing people on a backswing without even knowing he hit them. Both
> > > > "Blade" and "Gladiator" showed hits that were intentional. Groo does
> > not
> > > > plan that far in advance. Usually the goal of fight choreography is
> > > > look cool. For Groo, the goal should be to look stupid. Fast,
> > > > but stupid.
> > > > Strong, but stupid. His skill is only an accident of birth.
> > > >
> > > > Richard Buswell
> > > > http://www.kcstage.com
> > > > http://www.naughtynobles.com
> > > > http://www.geocities.com/rabuswell
> > >
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