One of the common sayings in the HEMA community and in other martials arts is that technique always goes out the window during sparring or in tournament. Some of that may be true and could be due to the tournament rules and focus on how points are awarded or how certain things are handled.
One of the techniques that helps reinforce good technique is the partnered drill with critiquing and guidance from the instructor while practicing. This is just one approach we use at Loyal Order of the Sword Augusta.
We had a great time this evening covering the strammazone and riddolpo cuts. Look for our video covering tonight’s lesson in the next few days.
Join us this Saturday for our next lesson on Italian master Capo Ferro. Jacob Pemberton will lead the instruction on the six basic cuts: Ordinary, Fendente, Tondo, Montante, Stramazzone, and Ridoppio.
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Check out the latest rapier demonstration showing parry techniques with an off-hand weapon. Greg Hinchcliff demonstrates fighting first with one weapon vs. two, then switches to two weapons against his opponent.
Ridolfo Capoferro has one of the easier treatises on rapier combat. Included with the text are numerous illustrations or plates which lend to simpler interpretation of the source material and generally easier deciphering of his stances, guards and cuts.
We’ve posted sparring footage with some annotations from the Capo Ferro lesson by Jacob Pemberton.
Thanks again to Dr. Volkmann for sharing use of his facility at Augusta Fencers Club.