Drawing on techniques from the Renaissance Italian fencing masters, we began with wrestling and dagger combat. Working through the basic positions in the original manuals to build offensive and defensive moves, it was up close and personal. Surprisingly, we recognised similar moves from modern martial arts as we progressed.
Moving on to longsword, leverage and distance become more important, as is a brawling style to take advantage of any mistake your opponent makes.
We rounded off the day with practical sessions of rapier and dagger, practiced in full safety kit. This is the thing we all wanted to try and revealed just how deadly this form of combat can be.
There’s a full image gallery on-line on our Picasa album.
Held at Nichols Hall, Priestlands School, Lymington, I’m sure the caterers have never seen anything like this! RC