Rapier


Counterthrusts in Rapier

Trainer: 
Florian Fortner and Julian Schrattenecker

Description: 
Being able to counter the opponent's sudden attacks while you approach him could save your life - In this workshop we will go through the different possible attacks that could occur and then find and practice sutiable counters. All techniques are based on Salvator Fabris and his german lineage .

Needed Equipment: 
Rapier, mask, plastron/jacket, groin/breast protector, neck protector, gloves.

Skill level of Participants: 
Intermediate - Basic rapier fencing skills are a prerequisite.


Italian rapier: Nicoletto Giganti

Trainer: 
George Zacharopoulos

Description: 
In this workshop we will work on the basics of the Italian rapier fighting using as a guide the teachings of the Venetian maestro Nicoletto Giganti as laid out in his treatise “Scola, overo, teatro….” (1606). Body mechanics, footwork, guards, counterguards, tempo, measure, attack and defense and all the necessary elements of rapier fencing according to the maestro. Time permitted we will also work on a couple of his plays of “coming to grips” (close distance techniques )from his second book published in 1608.

Needed Equipment: 
Sword, fencing mask, light gloves, chest protection.

Skill level of Participants: 
Beginner, intermediate.


Get into the flow – but do it slow

Trainer: 
Karl Rapp

Description: 
Based on Capoferro's style of rapier fencing this workshop will try to teach you that you can normally be quite slow while fencing rapier (which is good for a workshop in the morning) and that your focus should not stay on being faster than your opponent, or on hitting your opponent as soon as there's a possibility to hit. It's rather about being and staying in control, keep yourself safe, knowing your options for every situation, and slowly but firmly limit your opponents possibilities until he can't escape anymore or makes a mistake. And then you have to be fast, very fast. But only then, the rest of the time you can be quite lazy 🙂

Needed Equipment: 
Rapier, light gloves, mask, gorget, jacket, chest protection and cup.

Skill level of Participants: 
Intermediate, it's definitely no beginners workshop!