Tonight saw the start of our new beginners course in Oxford where students got their first taste of fighting with longsword.
Tonight we had three groups: study group, longsword and tournament practice.
In the study group, we are free to practice whatever we fancy drawing from a selection of sources. Tonight it was Cavalcabo, Bartitsu and Domenico Angelos smallsword.
The longsword group worked on cuts following the Meyer square, putting a music stand to good use!
And John introduced members to the rules, practices and roles of a tournament.
Our chapters only take in students a couple of times a year, with some having long backlogs. Our Oxford chapter is now taking registrations for beginners. Starting at the end of July, you’ll begin with Italian longsword.
Our instructors are invited to teach worldwide, so don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the best. Places are very limited, so act now as it may be a while before places open in Oxford again.
Due to the current extreme heat the country is experiencing, this week’s training at Reading is cancelled. It’s difficult not to dehydrate in protective gear at the best of times and with the forecast temperatures due to reach around 40 degrees, conditions in the hall will be far from comfortable. Training will resume as normal next week.
In Godalming tonight we had two classes: a continuation of longsword basics, as well as a study group looking at the various sources.
School of the Sword lead instructor, Fran Lacuata, was in Dorset this weekend teaching an introduction to Historical European Martial Arts course at the Ancient Technology Centre in Cranborne.
The course focused on teaching renaissance swordplay where participants could learn the basics of greatsword, sidesword, dagger, buckler and more!
In Godalming this week we had two classes: longsword basics,and a study group where everyone dove into the texts with the challenge of coming up with a drill to practice at home.
Tonight at our Reading Chapter we saw the start of a new introductory course for beginners, together with dagger fighting and some serious studying of Capoferro for our more experienced students