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Longsword Foundation Course – July 6

July 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm9:00 pm PDT


View the Safety WaiverFour weeks of Awesome! Fight like a knight and experience the magic of sword fighting. Learn the attacks, defenses and historical combat styles of the medieval longsword, dagger, and staff. At the end of the course you will be tested on your knowledge and, if successful, receive your first rank of Apprentice in the Master of Arms program.

This course runs once a week for 4 weeks, each Wednesday for 2 hours.

  • July 6, 7:00–9:00 pm
  • July 13, 7:00–9:00 pm
  • July 20, 7:00–9:00 pm
  • July 27, 7:00–9:00 pm. Exam at 8:30. Graduation at 9:00. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend your graduation.

Must be age 15 or older. This program is appropriate for those with little to no knowledge of swordfighting. The pace of the class is mild but consistent, and all fitness levels can be accommodated. Youth under the age of 19 must print and deliver to the Instructor a signed waiver before the beginning of class. Read the safety waiver here.

There will be no full-speed combat in this course. With minimal armour, students will learn to swordfight at reduced speeds, and with exacting control of movement, distance and timing. Once you have added to your skills beyond this course, and dress in the required protective gear, full-speed sparring is allowed under supervision.

Course Structure

Longsword Foundation builds on the invaluable written and martial traditions of thirteenth-century swordmaster Fiore de’ Liberi. (Purchase a copy of his fighting manual in English here.) As modern martial practitioners we’ll take his concepts and apply them to a range of medieval weapons. In fact, using the foundation of these arts you’ll be equipped to apply sound combative strategy to any weapon you may hold. Read the full course outline here.

Week 1: Longsword cutting, thrusting, postures & quadrants; the three advantages of control; footwork; creating safety.

Week 2: Longsword defenses & counter attacking; the five ways to win the crossing; recovering control; timing & opportunity.

Week 3: Dagger attacks & defenses; disarms, arm locks, body control. Then back to Longsword: the anatomy of a fight; opportunities in context; introduction to slow fencing.

Week 4: Staff attack & defense sequence; defending with the head/haft/tail of the staff; all weapons review; Longsword exam on theory and vocabulary.

You will Learn

  • Use of the core weapons: Longsword, Dagger, and Staff.
  • Fluid movement and coordination of arms, legs and torso.
  • Posture and Footwork applicable to all styles of combat.
  • Control of the opponent’s weapon as you seek to close in for an attack.
  • Confidence and careful judgement.
  • Exacting distance and timing necessary to make you safe and stay ahead of the opponent.

You will Need

  • Indoor close-toed shoes and comfortable clothing, like the kind used for general exercise. Long pants/sweats, long sleeve shirts (or hoodies) are recommended. Avoid bare legs and arms.
  • Light gloves (leather or cloth) are optional, but always a good idea when training.
  • A water bottle, or similar fluids to keep you hydrated during class.

Swordfighting Equipment Used in this Course

  • A steel longsword designed for real-world practice with dulled edges and a blunt tip (not sharp, antique or simply decorative).
  • A standard fencing mask, like the kind used in Olympic fencing.
  • A rigid throat & neck protector (gorget) made from steel or stiff/hardened leather.
  • Swordfight Canada is able to rent the requisite equipment for $20 per person, per course.


July 6, 2016
7:00 pm–9:00 pm PDT
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Greg Reimer


Valemount Legion
970 Main Street
Valemount, BC V0E 2Z0 Canada
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