Duello.TV October 7: Offhand, Rapier Voids, Broad Guard, Defeating Longsword Porta di Ferro

Greetings everyone!

   It's the second week of October and the tracks of awesome swordplay continue, though one of them is only a slightly different course than last week.  Greg and I posted up videos for Rapier Cutting for Green Cord (level 1) but as many of you let us know, that was completely incorrect.  It is indeed Rapier Offhand month.  We swapped the videos but the email last week was all wrong!  So this week look forward to more on rapier offhand, voids (level 2), and unorthodox rapier postures (level 3), as well as continuing our work on longsword techniques for defeating Porta di Ferro.
Enjoy your training everyone!

Longsword Focus


This week we continued our focus on defeating Porta di Ferro as well as how to exchange and counter-exchange the thrust.
Guards 3.1: Defeating Porta di FerroLongsword Giocco Stretto: Exchanging the Thrust


Green Cord (Level 1)


This week in our class we focus on inviting our opponent to strike through our sword to lead them into the primary defence of our sword with our offhand support or the reverse with the offhand playing the dominant role..

Rapier Offhand 3: Invitations

Blue Cord (Level 2)


This week we explore how giratas and strikes beneath can be used in situations where the opponent has attached with your weapon. An attachment is a type of connection between your sword and the sword of your opponent with pressure but no victor in the crossing.

Voids 3: Giratas from AttachmentVoids 4: Passing Beneath from Attachment


Red Cord (Level 3)


This week we look at how to use and counter a broad guard. The broad guard is a position used in some schools of fence where the sword is held far from the centreline to threaten the opponent from one side, leave only the centreline open and make the sword challenging to find and control by the opponent.
Unorthodox 3: Broad GuardsUnorthodox 4: Countering Broad Guards 


Devon Boorman is the Co-Founder and Director of Academie Duello Centre for Swordplay, which has been active in Vancouver, Canada since 2004. Devon’s expertise centres on the Italian swordplay tradition including the arts of the Renaissance Italian rapier, sidesword, and longsword, as well as knife and unarmed techniques.
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