Approaching with Rapier II: Strategy

25 topics, 62 min video
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This is part two (lessons 5 to 8) in our course on Approaching with Rapier. Access part 1 (lessons 1 to 4) here.

Approaching is the part of the sword fight where we move toward the opponent to control and attack. It may be how the sword fight begins, or a particular moment when we decide to approach. Part II of approaching focuses on putting our mechanical tools to use while pressuring the opponent and striking them as they err.

Lessons 5 & 6: Now that we have the mechanical tools we need to control the opponent’s weapon, we will look at the strategic implications of that control. We’ll look at how “finding the sword” constrains the opponent in such a way that their next action becomes predictable and more easily exploited.

Lessons 7 & 8: We will explore a straight forward flow chart for rapier strategy called “The True Fight”. This flow chart explores how to constrain the opponent and then respond to them logically at each measure based on their direction of movement and the actions of their sword. This strategy is the foundation of all Italian Rapier combat.

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Acknowledgement of Safety and Risk

  1. Practice all exercises slowly and with control.
  2. Practice using training swords that are not sharp and are specifically made for practice.
  3. Use protective gear for all exercises. In many of our videos we are not wearing head, throat or body protection in order to make clear explanation more possible. You should always use protective gear when practicing these arts regardless of the exercise.
  4. Be aware that injuries in training are always possible. Ensure that you are practicing with care and caution at all times.
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