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This is Part I of the Sidesword Fundamentals course series.
The sidesword is sometimes called a cut-and-thrust rapier because it has a similar hilt design to late renaissance rapiers. They are typically between 35″ and 40″ in total length with blade lengths varying between 30″ and 38″. They are broad bladed, capable of the thrust and the cut. The typical weight is between 2 and 4 lbs.
The arming sword fits similar dimensional properties to the sidesword but is typically on the shorter end of the spectrum and features a hilt made up of only a simple cross and optionally a finger ring.
Practitioners of other single-handed systems (German, English or Spanish, for instance) will see many mechanical similarities, even though the terminology may be different.
After each set of lesson videos you’ll find review quizzes and practice instructions to help you learn and retain the material.
Prerequisite: A fuller exploration of swordplay technique and vocabulary is found in the Longsword Fundamentals and Rapier Fundamentals course series. Although not expressly required, the Sidesword Fundamentals course series assumes familiarity with many of these terms.
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