We have a quadruple threat this month: Rapier, Sidesword, Longsword, and Quarterstaff. Yes some of our most senior students at Academie Duello in Vancouver are having their minds overloaded as they move through a day of classes — now it’s your turn at home to enjoy the same overwhelming sensation.
This week we look at how to create opportunities to strike the opponent as they attack, both in the falling of their attack and as the opponent moves their weapon to prepare.
Green Cord (Level 1)
Though the rapier functions best as a thrusting weapon it can be an effective cutting as well when wielded with sufficient force and the proper mechanic. This month we focus on the mechanics of cutting and the right contexts in which to employ the cut.
Blue Cord (Level 2)
This month we focus on the opportunities to attack with the sidesword and the various methods that can be used to create those opportunities. These 7 “provocations” force the opponent to move, invite them to attack, or prompt them to defend all in a manner that leaves them open to our plans. This week we start with the opportunities and provocations based around moving into range and change guard when in measure.
Red Cord (Level 3)
The Quarterstaff: A long section of wood, sometimes capped at one or both ends with a metal point, is one of the simplest and most effective weapons in the European arsenal. This month we focus on the use of the longstaff (a 9 to 12 foot staff) and its fundamentals. We start this week with the high and low positions of the staff along with their basic defences and counters.