In this lesson Devon brings you through all of the rapier and dagger positions and the secret to understanding how to form them with the dagger side extended (refused postures). This is a system for analyzing opponents, analyzing your own invitations and opportunities, and exploring what is fundamentally possible and tactically advantageous, whether dagger or sword leading.
In this short lesson Devon shares a simple way to begin to develop the feeling of how to send your sword out with power and lightness. Then how to proceed from there toward greater complexity and dexterity in your swordwork. Taken from the Swordplay Masterclass (https://swordplaymasterclass.com).
It is the abstraction from combat that makes it valuable and opens you up to greater innovation and exploration. Make sure to keep it slow and relaxed. Use position and angle instead of force to find your disarms.
Tessitura is a great rapier game that allows you to work up a sweat while you build essential skills like finding, gaining, and blade control along with practicing lunges, recovery, and movement skills.
In this clip from the Fiore Spear Master Class Devon demonstrates the action of the “common fencer” who is wielding the spear against Fiore’s masters. He then shows how Fiore’s counter master follows from the common fencer play.
In this lecture Devon brings you through the foundational theory and vocabulary of swordplay within Duello Armizare and renaissance Italian fencing in general. A great primer for those wanting to dive a little deeper into the building blocks of the art.
Devon shares some useful footwork that you can use to tease the edge of your opponent’s measure and lure even a clever opponent into making a mistake that will allow you to clear their sword and enter.
In-depth instruction, drills, and exercises on all 10 strategies. In this workshop you’ll learn how to keep the rapier free, lure the longsword opponent into playing your game, and protect yourself when everything goes wrong.
This pattern from Joachim Meyer’s 1570 fight book is a training tool for practicing various combinations of cuts. It is quite popular amongst the modern HEMA set and can provide some useful exercises for solo practice.
In this video Devon goes through the three positions of the buckler that accommodate cutting around it with the sidesword. All of this builds up to a pattern of cutting a downward X over and under the shield arm.