Sword Striking Mechanics

Instructor: Guy Windsor

The sword is a labour saving device. If you are holding it correctly, and moving correctly, you can deliver extraordinary force with very little effort. In this class we will study the ways of holding the sword to create the optimal interface with the weapon, and cover how to hit hard (ideal for killing your enemies), and how to hit very fast without impact (ideal for fencing your friends). I strongly recommend taking the Fundamentals: Mechanics class first, as we will be using the same principles. If time allows we will also cover applying these mechanics in controlling the bind.

This class is appropriate for any and every kind of sword. It is easiest to learn with a longsword or messer, but rapiers, smallswords, backswords, sabres and so on all follow the same rules.

You will need a sword and a mask