Welcome to the first full week of November. This week we are including the first of our new longsword series that follows our technical focus classes. In these classes we run on a 6 month cycle of themes: 1. Precision, 2. Crossing, 3. Giocco Stretto, 4. Tempo and Provocation, 5. Guards, 6. Defeating Guards. Last week we started back on class 1 of month 1 and it seemed like an ideal time to start setting down some new material and sharing it with all of you.
In the mastery program we move into week 2 of rapier across the board with Green Cords exploring how to find and gain against various guard positions, Blue Cords learning how to use the circle to add another dimension to stringere, and Red Cords beginning an exploration of Mezzo Tempo.
Green Cord (Mastery Level 1)
Blue Cord (Mastery Level 2)
This week we look at how using offline movement can create a space between your weapon and your opponent’s that we call ‘breadth’. Breadth adds a third dimension to stringere which gives us more time and a greater position to exploit the opponent. Our first class looks at how to do that while approaching, the second while receiving the opponent.
Red Cord (Mastery Level 3)