This form brings you through all 17 positions we use, in a way that is memorable and useful. In the detailed mini-lesson Devon names all the guards and give you other historical names and references along the way.
In this lesson Devon brings you through all of the rapier and dagger positions and the secret to understanding how to form them with the dagger side extended (refused postures). This is a system for analyzing opponents, analyzing your own invitations and opportunities, and exploring what is fundamentally possible and tactically advantageous, whether dagger or sword leading.
Devon shares how to use the changing step with a series of four cuts. The first two are used to draw an opponent into a bind, and the second two to clear the bind and set up your attack or next intention.
In this short lesson Devon shares a simple way to begin to develop the feeling of how to send your sword out with power and lightness. Then how to proceed from there toward greater complexity and dexterity in your swordwork. Taken from the Swordplay Masterclass (https://swordplaymasterclass.com).
It is the abstraction from combat that makes it valuable and opens you up to greater innovation and exploration. Make sure to keep it slow and relaxed. Use position and angle instead of force to find your disarms.
Tessitura is a great rapier game that allows you to work up a sweat while you build essential skills like finding, gaining, and blade control along with practicing lunges, recovery, and movement skills.
This clip explores feint via stramazzone with even more depth. Here you’ll learn how to create this feint from all four directions with both the longsword (in two hands) and the sidesword (in one hand).
In this clip from the Fiore Spear Master Class Devon demonstrates the action of the “common fencer” who is wielding the spear against Fiore’s masters. He then shows how Fiore’s counter master follows from the common fencer play.
In this lecture Devon brings you through the foundational theory and vocabulary of swordplay within Duello Armizare and renaissance Italian fencing in general. A great primer for those wanting to dive a little deeper into the building blocks of the art.