Footwork: the Achilles Heel you don’t know you have.
In this workshop participants will learn how to properly use footwork to achieve their goals in any given fencing exchange, regardless of weapon. From proper stance and body mechanics, to speed, control, balance, management of distance and timing, and control of the fight, participants will engage in various games and drills to provide them the right tools to develop and continue to improve their footwork outside of the workshop.
Participants will need: water, a soft glove (like a rapier/fencing/leather glove) and a fencing mask. Participants should wear the shoes they use for training and tournaments.
All skill levels welcome.
To Protect and Prey. Rapier & Dagger in Roma.
The class will show Roman traditional and modern ways to train with Rapier & Dagger (drills and methodology), plus some strategic approaches to bring to life the Theory of lines, cones, protections, motions usually displayed by Mediterreans Schools.
Though very specific, the class will provide teachings to approach tactics in general, easy to apply to a wider range of weapon contexts.
Participants will need a rapier and dagger as well as full gear.
I.33 – Leveraging with the false edge
In this S&B seminar I will go through a number of drills which tests the concept of utilizing the false edge more actively to win the bind. These drills are derivatives of I.33 plays but not exact plays from the manuscript. As a competitive fencer who has her early technical foundation in I.33 I am always looking for ways to apply the concepts presented in the manuscript in a realistic way suitable for full-contact sparring/competing. Buckler has a bad rep for smash-boom-fencing in tournament settings and I want to clean up that reputation by showing others how it can be done elegantly and technically.
For this class you will need your own sword and buckler along with full gear. You should be at least at an intermediate level of fencing, but do not necessarily need to have any experience with S&B in particular.
Basic Fundamentals of the Movement of Montante
Despite resembling a long sword, montante is a different weapon because of its length, weight and some of its morphological characteristics. In this seminar we will pay attention to these differences and how to optimize their management, both through specific exercises for it and through the different rules created by contemporary authors at their time of use, such as Figueiredo, Godinho, Viedma or Alfieri.
Participants will need full gear and montante (if you have one). Loaner montantes and alternative training instruments will be provided for those that do not have their own montante.
Ballet For Swordfighters
The connection between ballet and sword fighting is strong when one compares areas of training such as footwork or body positions, and the value of one informing the other is quite high. While that is a wonderful concept, the idea of stepping into a ballet class as a novice can be intimidating. This class is here to help! Ballet for Swordfighters is the brainchild of Anna Beard who is an avid ballet technique nerd, teaching methods nerd, and also sword nerd. Let’s just say she’s a nerd. What she wants to share in this unique class is an approach to movement that’s tailored to the needs of the swordfighter. Students will be guided through basic ballet technique (no experience necessary) as well as smatterings of modern dance to bring a higher awareness to weight shifting, body awareness, and footwork to enhance their sword training. Come with an open mind and leave with an increased French verb vocabulary along with some technique points that’s sure to impress your friends.
No experience needed.
Ringen am Schwert
This class will focus on how and when to safely apply grappling in a swordfight in a way that keeps us safe, and keeps our training partners safe as well. It is a beginner friendly look at ringen am schwert.
Students do not need any grappling experience. Swords, gloves, and masks required.
Italian Rapier: How to make the Fabris lineage work for you.
This workshop will breakdown the plates to a granular level, show how to interpret an action or rule and demonstrate how to scale the action/plate into drills tailored to all skill levels. The goal is to learn how to take the concept within the treatise and integrate it into your fencing repertoire.
Students are expected to supply their own masks, gloves, and swords. A basic understanding of rapier is helpful but not needed, and note taking is encouraged.