Why Asian Knights Wore Little Plate

Plate armor is great for protecting body parts but it does impede movement. This could be tolerated in Europe where the mounted knights dressed in plate armor were shock troops who rode into action in pretty much a straight line. It was less acceptable in Asia. There the prevalence of martial arts put a premium on mobility for all warriors, including mounted knights.

While Europeans depended on the technology of armor, Asians trusted their own skills. Those developing Asian characters for reenactments have two choices: dress as Europeans did and say the character is conforming, or go without the full set of armor and portray their own culture. More info: medieval armor

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