In this workshop, we will focus on the transition from one distance to the next in a swordfight. To find the beauty in the art, it is our firm belief a fighter must be aware of the possibilities to employ techniques. The main goal will be to train the observation of distance and changes in distance. In the explanation of different techniques by Ringeck and Vom Danzig, clearly stated conditions are written. These help to understand the situation in which this technique is most effective.
This workshop consists of exercises that can create the conditions for a technique, in order to make it happen as a natural response. Getting hit in the face or thrusted in the chest is a clear condition for a responsive technique. It also gives you direct feedback: if you manage the technique properly, you don’t get hit. Using the core aspects of time, distance, pressure and movement one can find the beauty in the art by observing the opponent and seizing the opportunity when it presents itself.
Requirements: Blade, preferably steel. Longsword, Sword, Messer, Federschwert/Fechtfeder, blunt, sharp. Any protective equipment you want. You can try this with Sword and buckler or early rapier if you want.