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Longsword Apprentice Workshop: Receiving Gioco Stretto (Hinton, Mar 11, 1pm)

March 11, 2017 @ 1:00 pm5:00 pm PST


Prerequisite: Longsword Foundations Course

Continue your studies and become a Master of Arms. By participating in Swordfight Canada’s ongoing Masters classes, you will broaden your skills and build proficiency in multiple weapon disciplines.

  • gain the beautiful skills of a swordfighter
  • connect with history in a physical way
  • learn to move and master the movements of the body
  • grow in confidence and self-esteem
  • meet challenges, and progress in your learning

Included with your enrollment is use of a steel sword, dagger, mask and gorget. Consult your instructor for class schedule and location if not listed here.

Receiving Gioco Stretto

Gioco Stretto refers to a combat engagement where the opponent’s weapon is a direct threat to strike and wound us, often with a thrust. We’ll receive our opponent who points the swords at us, control their blade, and recover control when they’ve successfully got it. We will work extensively on counter-attacking and recovering from failed attempts to do so. Blade pressure is a key topic of the course, and we’ll learn to be sensitive to the kinds of pressure and cues our opponent gives as they approach. Finally, we’ll examine The True Fight as one who is recovering first, or receiving, and discover the kinds of opportunities we have to control and strike as we allow the opponent to come to us.

Workshop Structure

  1. Exchanging the Thrust. Gain the three advantages as the opponent attacks with a thrust, and counter-thrust!
  2. Breaking the Thrust. When our opponent gets control of the line sometimes drastic measures are called for. Take back control and turn the fight in your favour once again.
  3. Blade Pressures. When the swords come to the crossing, we can read the opponent’s intentions and prepare to preempt their intentions.
  4. The True Fight, Receiving. We can control the fight even as the opponent approaches us. Create and maintain safety, then look for opportunities to attack with cover.

Students with a subscription to DuelloTV can view the Receiving Gioco Largo video library playlist here.

Grappling Focus

As part of the grappling knowledge requirements for Apprentice, we’ll be covering the essentials of the four key postures, or “poste”. DTV lessons for this material are covered in “Abrazare 7 & 8” video in the Grappling Foundation playlist.


March 11, 2017
1:00 pm–5:00 pm PST
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Greg Reimer


114C MacCleod Ave
Hinton, AB Canada
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