Scholars Assault with Longsword

14 topics, 26 min video
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The Scholar's Assault draws upon historical plays from the 1410 manuscript of Fiore dei Liberi. These plays are further developed and explored in variation, sometimes beginning left or right, sometimes additing pre- or post-movement. Add these plays to your technical and strategic toolbox, and use them to enrich your understanding and practice of the historical swordplay tradition.

Lesson 1: Defending with the scabbard/sword against a dagger attack. Defending with the sword in one hand.

Lesson 2: Exchanging the opponent's thrust (counter-thrusting), and using posta finestra to parry and cast the opponent's sword.

Lesson 3: Using the armoured entry into close/grappling play. Entering play with a thrust and yeilding to the "peasant's blow".

Lesson 4: Exploring deflections from porta di ferro mezzana.

Lesson 5: The entire assault performed as a solo progression of attacks and defenses.

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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.
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