Use of the Offhand (Rapier Apprentice)

Offhand to the rescue! A great tool to add some diversity to your game.

The offhand isn’t just an ornament which makes us look awesome when lunging. It is an excellent tool we can utilize to protect ourselves when things get a little hairy, to constrain the opponents sword to get it to move or just as an extra layer of protection during our attack. This month we will be exploring use of the offhand in various scenarios. If you feel adventurous, feel free to bring along a dagger, or a serving spoon.

We will also continue to explore some of Fabris’ guards at the end of each class. Our text comes from Tom Leoni’s translation (Fabris ( and I will post a picture of the guard we will be covering each week (pictures from Guy Windsor).

Full disclosure, sometimes we get side-tracked in class so apologies if the video turns out a little different than expected. If you do have any questions regarding content that we missed or even content that we covered, shoot me a message and I’ll try my best to address it, either in the discussion forum or even better in the next week’s class.

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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Marli Vlok

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