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FREE! Getting Started with Longsword

8 lessons, 15 min video
Quizzes and practice notes included
Do it on your own or with a partner

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FREE! Getting Started with Rapier

11 lessons, 18 min video
Quizzes and practice notes included
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Duello has had such a positive impact on my life, from the people I’ve met, to what I’ve learned about movement, to what it has taught me about weapons and fighting for my writing [career]. This school has been one of the highlights of my life.

Laura T.
Fantasy Author

Academie Duello is an extremely welcoming and positive environment… the sense of community is wonderful. The instructors are patient, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic; everyone in the school is friendly and helpful; it’s a great workout… and who doesn’t want to learn how to sword fight?!

Allison Sproule

Swordplay Fundamentals

These courses are perfect for beginners and people who are new to Italian martial arts. They're also great for those who would like to solidify the basic understanding of posture, movement, control, measure and tempo vocabulary and practice of Academie Duello. Available to Learning Bundles subscribers, and via Course Series purchase.

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Longsword Fundamentals I: Intro, Cutting & Postures (LSW-050)

16 lessons, 29 min video
Learn the six cuts of the longsword and the core quadrant postures for combat.

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Longsword Fundamentals II: Thrusting, Blade Control & Footwork (LSW-055)

14 lessons, 34 min video
Thrust with precision, control the opponent's weapon, and work effectively from any distance.

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Longsword Fundamentals III: Timing, Defense & Sparring (LSW-060)

20 lessons, 54 min video
Develop excellent timing, make precise defenses, and safely progress to free sparring.

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Rapier Fundamentals I: Intro, Postures & Lunging (RAP-050)

15 lessons, 28 min video
Introduction to the Renaissance rapier, its core postures and deadly lunging attack.

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Rapier Fundamentals II: Footwork & Blade Control (RAP-055)

18 lessons, 40 min video
Learn footwork, how to control the opponent's weapon, and recover control when lost.

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Rapier Fundamentals III: Timing & Sparring (RAP-060)

16 lessons, 33 min video
Develop acute timing and a strong sense of opportunity, then progress to free sparring.

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Coming Soon: Apprentice (Level 1)

These courses comprise the required studies in preparation for the Scholars examination, and assume familiarity with the vocabulary and techniques taught in the Longsword Fundamentals or Rapier Fundamentals series. Use them to further your understanding and deepen your skill set in these arts.

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Approaching Strategy with Rapier (RAP-125)

25 lessons, 62 min video
Close the distance and find great opportunities against the defensive opponent.

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Receiving with Rapier (RAP-100)

38 lessons, 75 min video
Dictate the play and strike the opponent as they move forward to control or attack.

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Grappling Foundation (ABR-100)

27 lessons, 55 min video
Learn the basics of unarmed attack and defense. Footwork, structure, force, binds, and poste.

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Longsword Grappling I (LSW-130)

18 lessons, 34 min video
Disarms, pommel strikes, arm binds and throws are all part of the greater longsword art.

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Approaching Gioco Largo with Longsword (LSW-150)

19 lessons, 44 min video
Strategies to confidently approach the opponent who holds their sword offline.

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Grappling Foundation (ABR-100)

27 lessons, 55 min video
Learn the basics of unarmed attack and defense. Footwork, structure, force, binds, and poste.

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