Training Videos: Rapier recovering, Sidesword Covers, Longsword Precision

Happy Monday everyone. In Canada we're celebrating Victoria Day today – seems like a good time to do some swordplay! This week at Duello and on Duello.TV we have a very interesting mix of classes. Green cords are working on getting out of situations where they have lost control of the sword. Blue cords are using the refused postures to step back and regain control. Red Cords are using two sideswords to defend against cuts with the crossed or "X" covers. And our Longsword Focus classes are focusing on precise and powerful rising cuts. Enjoy your training and raise a salute to Queen Victoria!

Longsword Focus

Continuing our work on precision cutting we are now looking at the rising 'Sottano' and how to make it from all different poste and with proper intention, structure, and power.

Precision and Intention 3: Sottani from all Poste

Green Cord (Level 1)

This week in our level 1 class we are working on striking the opponent as they come to measure while seeking control of your sword, and on techniques for regaining control should the opponent succeed in acquiring it.

Receiving 5: Cavtione di TempoReceiving 6: Regaining Control

Blue Cord (Level 2)

If your opponent gains your sword strongly and attacks with a bold forward attack, the refused postures can be an excellent way to move back strongly and regain control with the sword or with your offhand. This week's lessons look at both of these options.

Refused 5: Regaining with the Sword Refused 6: Regaining with the Offhand

Red Cord (Level 3)

This week we look at the use of the shorter cut and thrust rapier and how we can use both weapons to defend against cuts first from our closed seconda position, then from quinta with both swords lowered.
Case 5: Crossed CoversCase 6: Crossed Covers from Quinta 


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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