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We’re back with longsword in 2020

WDS at Okehampton CastleTo those who missed us last week, we are back for another block of longsword this Thursday 16th Jan, with beginners welcome to join the old hands. Running through to the half-term holidays, this will be five weeks of Fiore’s Italian longsword to 13th Feb. See you at Okehampton College gym at 8pm.

Sparring Saviolo

Saviolo sparring Dec 2019…or at least that was the intention. Some of it looks like the treatise, some of it… not.

Note to self, when blocking with the off hand, be sure the thrust you’re blocking is actually a thrust and not a cut…

Newcomers hands on with sidesword

Saviolo sidesword November 2019Our current Saviolo sidesword block continues as we get to grips with close measure cut and thrust with off hand parries.

And as we try to get everyone on the same page, we have two new members this session taking a remarkably mature approach to class and a first sparring experience.

Hands on – Hanwei Federschwert

Hanwei Practical Fencing Longsword (Federschwert)The cheapest (practical) entry-level feder I know of in the UK, we picked up a pair of these about three years ago when we finally made the move from nylon wasters to steel.

There’s no question, the feel of steel over polypropylene makes a world of difference to your technique – steel doesn’t bounce or slide, it binds. Admittedly blunt feders behave far differently to a sharp, but that is still a world better than a poorly balanced nylon plank. …