Challenge 1 of 0
Slow Work – Practice
20 minutes – Practice slow work with your partner (with protective gear).
- A good hit is made when:
- The point of your sword meets your opponent’s body with forward pressure.
- Strikes a target that would disable or kill with a sharp sword.
- There is more on striking and valid hits later in this section.
- You can use a timer and fight in a series of one minute rounds. Use these rounds to take rests or alternate between partners in a larger group.
- To help you stay slow:
- Go extremely slow.
- Breath at the speed of your fencing.
- Put on slow music.
- Be curious, not competitive.
- Remember your priorities in this order:
- Posture and movement.
- Keeping good measure.
- Finding and keeping control of the opponent’s weapon.
- Striking in tempo.
- The tools given in this first course are essentially all of the primary tools of Italian Rapier. Through regular practice and exploration you can become a very good fencer.
- Further courses on Duello.TV offer more information on strategy and tactical training.
- Slow sparring is an excellent way to learn the flow of combat without the chaos of higher speed fighting, especially at the beginning.
- Long-term you will need to practice both slow and fast sparring, along with a good drilling regimen, to become an effective sword fighter.
- Remember to have fun.