• What we'll do
Learn the foundations of Italian swordsmanship! Each night, we will be covering nearly 200 years of Italy's martial history, starting in the 1600s and working our way back to the early 15th century. The first class (5:30 to 6:30) covers Italian rapier, in which we will go over the guard, footwork, hand positions, lunges and various defences. Space in this section is limited, so please indicate your attendance beforehand.
The second class (6:30 to 8:00) covers the Bolognese school (sword in one hand), which was useful both for duels and the battlefield. We will be focus on footwork, the guards, basic attacks and defences, and a variety of blade sensitivity drills, leading up to fencing.
The third and final class (8:00 to 9:30) brings us back to the early 1400s, where we study the system set out by Fiore dei Liberi, which focuses on wrestling, dagger and the sword in two hands. Classes will be divided into dagger/wrestling and sword, though the material from one section will influence what is taught in the other section, and vice-versa.
Feel free to attend any or all classes to get an idea of what we do. The first class is always free!
• What to bring
Water bottle, comfortable workout clothes, athletic shoes (preferably not runners, as they tend to make turning difficult), gloves. All other equipment is provided.
• Important to know
There is plenty of free parking behind the church. A waiver will be required, given the nature of the activity, and misuse of the equipment will not be tolerated.