Modern Era & Beyond of European Martial Arts
The Renaissance advanced European martial arts for the better, as it was during this time, many fencing masters – soldiers, scholars, nobles, princes – applied their existing knowledge into building a greater system for self defense. Even if the culture of the duel had created an outburst of urban brawls across the streets, most skilled fighters were men with a level of learned education. Thus, it was these individuals who helped to innovate and refine the Western fighting skills into something more sophisticated.
The advent of the technological advancements since the 18th century have only created more change in the way of the sword. The old ways of the armored swordsman have faded with history itself, and been replaced by the way of the gun. What once was the way of the Western world – derived from Medieval and Renaissance heritage – has phased out.
Like everything else in life, times have changed and with it, so have the people and the methods used. It would simply be an inefficient to train rows of soldiers with only swords, when the opposition have missiles and guns that would do a much more effective job in taking out the threat.