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.
More videos on this topic here.
Join Us and Learn More
We have had a tremendous response to our offer this week. I’m excited to be able to share this journey with so many more people.
I hope that you’ll join us this month in our Scholars Club and Masters Club. For 3 more days we are offering an introductory month of Full Access for free with no obligation afterward. I hope you’ll take the time to explore the over 400 video lessons on the site as well as our new Fundamentals Courses, and hundreds of training advice articles.
Get your Free month of Masters Club access here with the coupon “1FREEMONTH” and help us spread the word:
Offer ends on November 4th at 11:59pm Pacific Time.
Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or comments you may have.
Enjoy your practice!
Devon & Greg