Longsword Fundamentals

Sign up nowLearn the exciting art of the two-handed longsword, along with the sword and shield, and poleaxe. This 8-class beginner sword fighting program will teach you the fundamental skills of the traditional European warrior in a fun, engaging, and welcoming environment great for adults of all ages and levels of physical ability.

You will get:

  • Instruction in the basics of Armizare, a medieval Italian combat system designed to train knights for the battlefield and dueling ground.
  • A technical and strategic focus on the longsword, a versatile cut-and-thrust weapon used in both hands.
  • Instruction in the fundamentals of the sidesword and the poleaxe.
  • A First Rank Examination at the end of the 8 classes. Success will enable you to graduate into the first rank (Green Cord) of the school and, if you so choose, continue into our ongoing Mastery Program.

See the full schedule of classes and topics.

Cost: $135 + Tax

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Content of Our 8-Class Course

STANCE AND STEPS: Learn how to properly hold a longsword and move your body in coordination.

STRIKES AND GUARDS: The key positions to hold a sword to defend against oncoming attacks, guards are also the starting positions of various strokes that end up in a different guard.  In learning strikes, you will also learn how to aim effectively and remain in proper measure with your opponent.

MEETING IN FRONT AND BEHIND: Learn what happens when two swords clash together from different strokes and different sides of the body, and how to follow up.

PUSHING AND PULLING: Supplementary wrestling and grappling exercises to help you knock your opponent off balance with pushing or pulling force.

SIDESWORD AND BUCKLER: Learn how to coordinate your guards and strokes with a sidesword while holding a buckler, a small steel shield, in your other hand.

POLEARMS: Learn the basic guards and strikes of the staff and poleaxe, and how to use the weapon to knock away enemy attacks from a distance.

Course Times

This 8 class course runs twice a week for 4 weeks, except for saturdays, which run once a week for 8 weeks.

Course Name
Start Date
Start Time

8 Classes: Complete Longsword Fundamentals in a series of eight guided classes.
Cost: $135 +Tax

8 Classes and 2 Private Lessons: In addition to eight guided classes, receive two private lessons to hone your technique.
Cost: $260 +Tax

Longsword Fundamentals Class Schedule

Calendar begins on the first full week of each month. Saturday courses are spread out over 8 weeks.

First week
of the month
1. Longsword, wide play1. Longsword, wide play2. Longsword, narrow play2. Longsword, narrow play1. Longsword, wide play
5. Sidesword, wide play
Second week
of the month
3. Longsword, wide play defenses3. Longsword, wide play defenses4. Longsword, narrow play defenses4. Longsword, narrow play defenses2. Longsword, narrow play
6. Sidesword and buckler, narrow play
Third week
of the month
5. Sidesword, wide play5. Sidesword, wide play6. Sidesword and buckler, narrow play6. Sidesword and buckler, narrow play3. Longsword, wide play defenses
7. Poleaxe I
Fourth week
of the month
7. Poleaxe I7. Poleaxe I8. Poleaxe II8. Poleaxe II4. Longsword, narrow play defenses
8. Poleaxe II

Necessary Protective Gear

Minimal protective gear is required for the Longsword Fundamentals intro course, since the focus is on correctly executing technical actions, rather than fighting all out with full contact. Fencing masks and throat protectors are supplied by Academie Duello any time there will be weapon to body contact. Students may also like to bring thin gloves (leather utility gloves are perfectly fine) to make holding and maneuvering the sword a bit more comfortable.

What Should I Bring?

The important things to bring are a set of clothes in which you are comfortable doing exercise (including running shoes) and a water bottle. Groin protection is highly recommended as well. Academie Duello provides all additional equipment necessary for the class, including weapons, fencing masks to protect the face, and rigid throat protection.

Sign Up for a Trial ClassYou may also choose to purchase your own training weapons and necessary protective gear from the Arms and Armour Store if you like.