Sword


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


Patterns of movement in Bolognese fencing

Trainer:
Ilkka Hartikainen

Description:
We will begin with a quick reminder of the sources available, the weapons and shields used for this period. Then we will do small technical exercises before fighting in various situations of asymmetrical fights: Opponent(s) have different weapons, Different number of opponent(s), Group fight.

Needed Equipment:
A sidesword or any single-handed training sword capable of cutting, parrying and thrusting, and a fencing mask.

Skill level of Participants:
Intermediate. No specific knowledge of Bolognese or any other fencing style is required. The workshop will include pair drills that can be done with masks on a lower intensity, or with moderate intensity in case you have free fencing kit.

When & where:
Friday, 4 pm (16 h), hall 3