Happy Canada Day and Fourth of July to our friends in Canada and the US, respectively. We just finished marching our way through the streets of Vancouver with 65 of us showing off our swordplay skills for a very enthusiastic crowd. Let me tell you, this gives me no small respect for our historical brethren who fought broad moving battles with these weapons. Fighting for 15 city blocks in the blazing sun is exhausting!
The final guard we examine in our month on collection is Finestra. Through Finestra we can create a secure and broad defence of the body against descending blows and safely collect the opponent’s weapon in the cross.
Green Cord (Level 1)
Gaining control of the opponent can be considered through two simple attitudes of movement: 1. As you move toward your opponent (approaching), and 2. As your opponent moves toward you (receiving). This month the focus is approaching. As we usually do, we’re going to start with fundamental mechanics of movement and the core understanding of measure (the distance between you and the opponent).
Blue Cord (Level 2)
In our return to the rapier this month, we are expanding our attention to include a dagger in our offhand. This week we look at the positions that the dagger takes in relation to the sword and how to gracefuly transition between those positions where both weapons seek to defend together.
Red Cord (Level 3)