• 8 Lessons

    Deceptive Fight with Rapier

    Using our opponent's committment to a defense-first strategy, we can use false invitations (openings) and false attacks (feints) to draw them into what appears to be a good opportunity, but which has a ready counter on our part.

  • 8 Lessons

    Body Voids with Rapier

    Mechanics: A void is a movement used to “avoid” the sword of the opponent through displacement of your body. Our first lesson this month examines the…
  • 8 Lessons

    Refused Posture with Rapier

    Fencing with the offside leading or lead-side “refused” can be an excellent way to remove the weapon from your opponent’s control, maximize your striking measure, and bring your offside defence or weapon to bear.

  • 9 Lessons

    Striking Tempos with Rapier

    Tempo refers to an opportunity to strike that comes through advantageous positioning, making the attacking fencer's action shorter in duration compared to the defending fencer's action. In this course we look at many variations on four core opportunities to attack, and how to counter them.
  • 8 Lessons

    Unorthodox Postures with Rapier

    Through a solid grounding in technique we are able to learn and understand the principles of fencing. Once these are strongly ingrained we can challenge and develop our learning further by exploring how those principles are applied when are starting positions and movement strategies vary.