Introduction to the Montante

Instructor: Eric Myers

The two-handed sword saw active use through the greater part of three centuries, and was renowned for its effectiveness against multiple opponents. This class will sample the works of several different Spanish and Portuguese masters from the late 15th through the late 17th centuries, but will focus on the Memorial of the Practice of the Montante by Diogo Gomes de Figueiredo. Class will include basic skill building plays to integrate the movements of sword and body and then proceed to context or tactical plays, designed to address situations of encounters on the street, in narrow passageways, defending a person or place, etc.

Required gear:  a montante or spadone trainer is ideal, but a 170-175cm/66-68” staff will work in a pinch.