The Vancouver International Swordplay Symposium has come to a close. The weekend featured tremendous classes in Italian Rapier, German Sword and Buckler, Italian Stick Fighting, German Wrestling and Messer, Iberian Rapier, Sidesword, and Montante, as well as Burgundian Pole Axe. With no amount of sadness we bid adieu to our friends from far and wide and with many aches and pains ease our way back into our usual training rhythm.
Green Cord (Level 1)http://duello.tv/featured-videos/this-week-in-class/
This week our focus is on stringering the sword of our opponent with both the sword, through finding, and with the offhand itself. The goal of stringere is to get your opponent to move in a way that you can easily defend and that makes your opponent vulnerable to counter-attack. A strong emphasis is given on using the rapier and offhand in union to fully protect one side of the body or the other both high and low. I recommend Green Cord students also look at Blue Cord Offhand/Dagger class 4 for even more ideas on primary stringere with the offhand.
Blue Cord (Level 2)http://duello.tv/featured-videos/this-week-in-class/
Guardia di Testa (the head guard) and Guardia di Faccia (the face guard) are positions that defend the upper parts of the body. In these lessons we look at how we can pass through and arrive in these positions to parry and deflect. We also look at how the defences change when we begin in a larga guard or stretta guard.
Red Cord (Level 3)http://duello.tv/featured-videos/this-week-in-class/
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