Rapier


Working the Angle in single sword

Trainer:
George Zacharopoulos

Description:
In this workshop we will work on the angles and offline footwork in attack and defense. How to work properly by keeping your body well structured behind your weapon in order to make it more difficult for your opponent to retaliate with a counter or a first tempo attack to your openings. We will examine the ways to create an angle by using your body, your arms or your blade. Our guides will be the writings of the Spanish Francisco Lorenz de Rada on La Verdadera Destreza and the Italians Nicoletto Giganti and Marco Docciolini. If there is enough time we will see how these principles can also be applied to the longsword with slight modifications.

Needed Equipment:
Sword (rapier or sidesword preferably) , mask , gloves, chest protection (optional).

Skill level of Participants:
All.

When & where:
Saturday, 10 am (10 h), hall 3


I have thee not, and yet I see thee still – The forgotten dagger in sword and dagger forms.

Trainer:
Rob Runacres

Description:
Sword (usually ‘rapier’) and dagger sparring or competition often ends in a tangle with fencers resorting to mutual stabbing with the dagger to claim that oh so important victory in the face of sense. Some prefer not to use the dagger at all as an offensive weapon, relegating it to defence alone and thereby remove part of its use.

In the treatise ‘The Book of Lessons’, completed by c. 1630, the author or authors considered not only how to use the dagger to dispatch an opponent, but also how to shut down the opponent completely, as well as how to deal with the reckless charge with the dagger. It provides several useful and unusual techniques that illustrate the versatility of the form.

This workshop will consider the problems outlined above as well as the methods suggested in The Book of Lessons, with the aim to provide students with alternative solutions to wild stabs.

Needed Equipment:
A rapier style sword or similar, a dagger, and full fencing equipment.

Skill level of Participants:
Any.

When & where:
Friday, 10 am (10 h), hall 1


Rapier and/or/vs Longsword

Trainer:
Thomas Bögle & Karl Rapp

Description:
Similarities and differences between Rapier and Longsword, what to take care of if you need (or want) to take not your usual weapon but the other one. The workshop covers also the weird situation when your opponent happens to wield the other type of sword and how to deal with this.

Needed Equipment:
Mask, gloves, throat protection and longsword or rapier (and optional dagger).

Skill level of Participants:
Some level of experience with one of the two weapons is expected, if you're completely new to both we're not sure if it will be fun (but who are we to know?

When & where:
Sunday, 2 pm (14 h), hall 1


The Rapier of Joachim Meyer

Trainer:
Alexander Kiermayer

Description:
This workshop will focus on the techniques and principles of Joachim Meyers Rappier. This weapon is used both for cut and thrust in a robust fencing system. During the class we will work on basic footwork, techniques and tactics. We are going to practice different possibilities of fighting from the guards and combine the different techniques into drills that lead you into free fencing exercises.

Needed Equipment:
Fencing mask, Rappier simulator
(If you don`t have a Rappier a simple arming sword will be o. k. for this system). Preferably also a fencing jacket, gloves and forearm guards.

Skill level of Participants:
Beginners welcome.

When & where:
Sunday, 10 am (10 h), hall 1