Sidesword & Rotella (Sidesword Scholar)

An introduction to the use of the Sidesword and armstrap round shield, known as the rotella.

The large arm-strap round shield, known as the rotella, was popular as a secondary for the sidesword throughout continental Europe. Made of leather, steel, and wood, this shield ranged in diameter between 20″ and 30″. It was typically strapped to the offside arm with two leather straps one around the forearm the other gripped in the hand.

In this series students will explore the use of the rotella as compliment to the sidesword. Topics will include:

  • Holding and projecting the shield.
  • Shield positions including inside and outside closing.
  • Controlling using the shield’s leading edge.
  • Cutting around the shield while maintaining its silouhette.
  • Sidesword & Rotella within the Bolognese Tradition.

Students should have a foundation in sidesword alone or sword and buckler. A rotella or other type of armstrap shield will be ideal for practice, however a buckler can function to create the leading edge of the shield. A good imagination can fill in if needed.

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

Devon Boorman

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Course Includes

  • 5 Lessons
  • 9 Topics
  • September 2021