Longsword Grappling I

When a sword fight gets too close for blade play, we turn to grappling as a combative solution in order to continue the offensive.

Prerequisite: This course assumes the knowledge of the three Longsword Fundamentals courses.

Outside Line: This lesson examines distance, timing, and the opportunities to grapple on the outside line that come from losing the crossing on the inside line.

Inside Line: Having lost the crossing on the outside line, we can continue our offensive on the inside line by reclaiming control through grappling. We’ll examine grappling opportunities at distances of the blade, hand, elbow and shoulder.

Pressures: As a result of the difference in pressure between two blades, we can be faced with three types of crossing: winning, losing, and tying. In this lesson we’ll continue our forward initiative and continue our offensive in light of the pressures in the crossing.

Countering the Grapple: Entering to grapple is risky, and those that seek to grapple at the wrong time should pay for their mistake. We’ll learn to recognize inopportune moments to grapple and how to stay safe against them. Then we’ll respect the well-timed entry and respond with a counter grapple of our own.

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.

About Instructor

Devon Boorman

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 18 Topics
  • 34 Minutes of Video