Lately I've been geeking out on historical martial arts, in particular that of Iran and Turkey. The videos that I've found have a good, direct martial arts instruction. Videos on Arabic sword arts are focused more aspects for dance and performance than applied combat (get at me if anyone finds otherwise). This provides a good visual reference for combats in the setting, and what's involved in the training of fighters for Sharafkhaneh.
This is a demonstration of Razmafzar, Iranian martial arts.
This is a demonstration of close quarter techniques shamshir techniques. Scimitars aren't often thought of as thrusting weapons, but as you see here, it can be [i]really[/i] effective with the curve enabling reach over shields and setting up some great angles.
This is just a cursory exploration of sword techniques, and doesn't scratch the surface of the martial arts of the Middle East and Iran, for example, wrestling of which the Iranians and Turks really excel at and is the base for their weapons systems.