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Rapier Fundamentals Training Program

8-week Full Program

Complete the entire Rapier Fundamentals series of courses in eight weeks. Set aside two hours per week to cover the course requirements:

  • watch the topic videos
  • practice what you’ve seen
  • complete the topic quizzes
  • read through and follow along with the practice notes and training advice
  • ask a question or contribute to a discussion

Convenient links are provided so you can jump straight to the relevant section of the course.


Week 1

Introduction

  • Introduction to Historical Rapier Fencing
  • Introduction to Academie Duello
  • Tenets of the School
  • Anatomy of the Rapier
  • How to Use this Video

Posture

  • Natural, Comfortable, Optimal
  • Holding the Sword
  • The Defensive Posture
  • The Offensive Posture
  • Posture Drills
  • Target Management

Week 2

The Lunge

  • Lunging Measures
  • Lunging Mechanics
  • Mechanics & Mistakes
  • Lunging Measure Drill

Week 3

Movement

  • Advancing & Retreating
  • Sideways Step
  • The Passing Step
  • Movement Errors
  • Mirror Movement Drill

Week 4

Gaining the Sword

  • Offense Combined with Defense
  • The Fighting Line
  • The Advantage of the True Edge
  • The Four Guards
  • The Advantage of Leverage
  • The Advantage of Crossing
  • Approaching Drill
  • Errors and Remedies
  • Receiving Drill
  • Finding the Sword

Week 5

Recovering Control

  • Disengage Under
  • Disengage Over
  • Disengage to Find

Tempo Games

  • Introduction to Tempo
  • Exchanging Full Tempos
  • Exchanging Half Tempos
  • Sharing Full Tempos

Week 6

Primo Tempo and Dui Tempi

  • Primo Tempo Opportunity
  • Primo Tempo Drill
  • Primo Tempo Drill – with Protection
  • Dui Tempi Opportunity

Week 7

Stringere, Contra & Mezzo Tempo

  • Stringere
  • Contra Tempo Opportunity
  • Contra Tempo Drill
  • Mezzo Tempo Opportunity

Week 8

Sparring and Freeplay

  • Slow Work
  • Progressing to Freeplay
  • Recommended Equipment
  • Valid Hits and Targets

Conclusion