Longsword Quick Start

Learning how to wield the longsword is a powerful and inspiring experience. It's a great workout for your mind and body and the beginning of a journey into physical confidence and ability.

Welcome to your guided crash course in the art of the medieval two-handed longsword. This seven-lesson course with Maestro Devon Boorman is going to get you started quick and easy with the fundamentals of this awesome weapon. You’ll learn:

  • The core longsword fighting positions
  • Fundamentals of cutting in the downward blows
  • How to flow from one attack into another, and the X flow pattern
  • The four foundational Quadrant Guards
  • How to use the Three Advantages to control an opponent’s weapon, make your defense, and open them up for counter-attack
  • The five Defensive Winnings: parry, deflection, collection, counter-cut, and counter-thrust

Each lesson contains a video, written lesson, practice guidance, and quiz to help you retain what you’ve learned. Practice on your own or with a friend and when you’re done you’ll be ready to dive into the full Longsword Fundamentals course series and, from there, even more advanced content.

Let’s Get Started!

  • You’ll need a longsword simulator. This can be a sword, stick, cane, umbrella, or something as simple as a wooden dowel 40–50″ long (or shorter if you’re using it in a smaller space).
  • Use a mirror, video camera, or a partner to help check your form and make the most of your learning.

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

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.

12 Courses

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Course Includes

  • 8 Lessons
  • 15 Minutes of Video
  • 10 Quizzes