Guards and Gut Abs with Rapier

Core work in so many ways! We'll be perfecting our guard positions as well as strengthening our abs, obliques and back.

It all begins at the guard. The way you stand dictates the way you move, how you move to measure, how you move in time. This month we’ll take our four core guards (and a few extras) and perfect them as we start from the bottom (foot position), adjust the mid-body, and work our way up to the top (head position). Combined with some core workout (abs, obliques and back), this is going to be a month on building the best foundation possible for your rapier fencing practice.

A note about warmup and physical readiness. I run a very short warmup at the beginning of class. Take what extra time you may need ahead of class to be able to move freely and sometimes quickly/explosively without risk of injury. Some of us (like me!) need more than a few minutes to warmup, while some require less. I’ll start the session about 15 minutes early, and you can follow my extended warmup or do one of your own.

Class Format

  • 5 min: salute in, meditation and warmup
  • 25 min: movements, strength-building, drills, salute out
  • 10 min: stretching
  • q&a, student feedback

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.
  5. DuelloTV is not responsible for any injuries that occur as a result of sword practice inspired from our videos.

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About Instructor

Greg Reimer

Greg has been studying swordfighting since 2006, and is the director of Swordfight Canada, a school in the northern Rocky Mountains of British Columbia.

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 4 Topics