Tempo & Provocation with Longsword

A provocation is an attacking, inviting, or constraining action used to prompt the opponent into a predictable motion that can be exploited.

Primo Tempo: In these first topics we look at the opportunity to strike as an opponent steps into range and then how we can use the idea of stepping to range to prompt the opponent into an attack that can be exploited.

Dui Tempi: Provoking your opponent to attack you in prima tempo is not all bad, provided you’re prepared to make a proper defence. We look at how to setup opportunities to parry or deflect the opponent’s attack, and then counter-attack in a way that is challenging to defend against.

Contra Tempo: We look at how to create opportunities to strike the opponent as they attack through avoidance, angle, and attacks that simultaneously defend and counter-attack in one tempo.

Mezzo Tempo: Mezzo tempo means “half (mid-) tempo” and refers to opportunities to strike the opponent as they move their weapon non-offensively while they are in your range. The best mezzo tempo opportunity often comes as the opponent raises their weapon in preparation for a cut. In this lesson we look at how to capitalize on these opportunities.

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.

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Devon Boorman

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Course Includes

  • 4 Lessons
  • 21 Topics