I didn’t like this game when first introduced to it years ago. I found the Mortal role especially frustrating; I kept getting hit all the time! Gradually I’ve learned to appreciate the value of the game, and today it’s something I recommend to everyone.
Devon here. The first weapon I started with in HEMA, 23 years ago, was the rapier. The speed, precision, and chess-game of it—along with a bit of musketeer fantasy—really captured me. It is a discipline I feel is highly under-represented and often misunderstood in the HEMA community of today, even though it was arguably the seed of our modern resurgence. It is also one of the best teachers of combative efficiency, timing, and distance.
I believe the journey of mastery is best pursued across disciplines. Each weapon has unique lessons to share with us as martial artists, fighters, and teachers. This is a model we see in the manuals of the old masters and we’ve sought to preserve it on Duello.TV.
This video lesson on Stringere and Constraint is one of the most notable lessons I learned from my pursuit of the rapier and has become a central model for combative strategy and tactics across all the weapons I teach. I hope you enjoy it and get some insight from it as a teacher and practitioner.
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