It was free sparring night at Swindon tonight, where students got the chance to spar with a number of different weapons including daggers, rapiers, and smallswords. Students also got to play with Montantes, longswords and polearms in what was a fun filled but exhausting evening.
The impending storm meant that we were a little light on the ground at Swindon tonight, so we had a “Try-A-Weapon” night, where students got to sample a combination of main hand and off-hand weapons including: smallsword, rapier, dagger and cloak. We all had a lot of fun and there is definite interest in progressing some of these weapons further.
In tonight’s smallsword group we again practiced Angelo’s salute, then revised the Volte and Demi-Volte which we covered last week. We then held a King of the Hill tournament where each fencer started with 5 ’lives’. If you were hit you lost a life, if you hit your opponent you stayed on, if both fencers were hit in the same tempo both lost a life and a new pair took to the piste. When you lost all your lives you were out of the game.
Feedback from the fencers indicated that this idea of loosing lives made them more defensive in their approach. We also learned that judging smallsword is very difficult! Apollon came out the winner with one life remaining, beating Phil in the final head to head. Leigh came an honourable third. We ended the session with a period of Freeplay.
Another busy night at our Godalming chapter with multiple streams for students to choose from. In our Sword and Buckler group tonight we looked at the 15th and 11th falso on falso plays from Chapter 3 of Manciolino. Whilst in tonight’s smallsword group,we revised Angelo’s salute, practiced thrusting in carte and tierce at a fixed target and worked on Angelo’s feints, ending with a session of Freeplay.
In tonight’s smallsword group at our Godalming Chapter we revised Angelo’s salute and worked on Angelo’s ‘Method of Thrusting and ParryingTie￼rce and Carte, Called Thrusting at the Wall’. Meanwhile the sword and buckler class today was starting to look at some strette plays (when sword are crossed at halfsword etc) – and using it as a way of identifying correct distance in fights.
Tonight at our Godalming Chapter,the smallsword group revised week 1 – drawing the sword, stance, footwork, and the guard and thrust to the inside line in carte. They then moved on to Angelo’s salute, which proved popular, and the thrust in tierce to the outside line and the parade (parry) and riposte to this attack. They also worked on the feather parade, which is a means of pushing your opponent’s point off line or even possibly disarming them by pressing and sliding your sword against and down their blade.
Our Godalming chapter played host to a Freeplay Day where fighters from clubs far and wide descended on Godalming to engage in a day of fun sparring. These events provide the perfect opportunity to experience different sparring partners, some of them learning different systems.
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.
It was a very busy night last Wednesday at our regular Godalming training session.
Students were treated to a handling session of real antique smallswords, rapiers and daggers. Both the rapier & bolognese training streams got to enjoy some extended sparring as well which included some melee games and fun weapon combinations. The beginners continued to work towards their Safety Test.