Every moment in class is available for practice

I was standing firm in Longsword focus the other day, with my sword in posta longa. My partner was doing rising cuts to me through my sword. I realized after a few moments that I had a good opportunity to get some practice in.

So while my partner reset I performed cuts to the air, switching between what I call a dritto posta longa (evolved from a fendente) and a riverso posta longa (having evolved from a riverso fendente).

There are moments like these in every class when you are being a practice dummy. You can practice your stand, changing steps, lunges (when your partner is recovering), etc.


Here’s another good addition to any partner exercise. After my partner strikes them I always try to cover their sword and strike them. I don’t go quickly or even particularly earnestly; if I can place my weapon to threaten them I’ve made my point (ha!). It won’t take long for your partner to get the picture: make sure you’re as covered in your recovery as you are in your attack.



devonboorman 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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