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Longsword Foundation Course (Valemount, Nov 7, 7:30pm)
November 7 @ 7:30 pm–9:00 pm PST$119
View the Safety WaiverFour weeks of Awesome! Fight like a knight and experience the magic of swordfighting. Learn the attacks, defenses and historical combat styles of the medieval longsword, dagger, and spear. At the end of the course you will be tested on your knowledge and receive your first rank of Apprentice in the Master of Arms program.
This course runs twice per week for 4 weeks, each Tuesday and Thursday for 90 minutes.
- November 7 + 9, 7:30–9:00 pm
- November 14 + 16, 7:30–9:00 pm
- November 21 + 23, 7:30–9:00 pm
- November 28 + 30, 7:30–9:00 pm. Ranks presented at 9:00 on the 30th. Feel free to invite friends and family to attend the presentation and stay for a BYO beverage & snack after!
Recommended 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.
View the Full Course OutlineLongsword 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 blade control; footwork; creating safety.
Week 2: Longsword defenses & counter attacking; the five ways to win the crossing; recovering blade control; attack 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 review and exam on theory and vocabulary.
In this Course 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.
- Read the full course outline here.
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 keep hands from getting scratched, and are always a good idea when training with steel.
- A water bottle, or similar fluids to keep you hydrated during class.
- If you are under the age of 19, a signed waiver on paper. View the safety waiver here.
Before & After
Get a head start by going through the Duello.TV’s free course, Getting Started with Longsword, or purchase a DTV Scholar’s Club membership and receive access to the full Longsword Fundamentals course series for a more thorough introduction to the art of the Italian Longsword. Sign up as an ongoing student of Swordfight Canada and receive more than 50% off your DuelloTV subscription.
Once the course is completed you’ll be eligible for continuing studies in the Master of Arms program. View ongoing class registrations here. Class topics change each week, and you’ll go through all of the Apprentice-level curriculum in a six-month period. Complete skill and demonstration challenges, get sparring practice and experience, and prepare to take the examination to go to the next rank. Many students are ready to test for their next rank in 12–18 months of study.
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.
- Use of Swordfight Canada’s equipment is included in the course fee. If you have your own equipment, please contact Swordfight Canada to get instructor approval prior to its use in class.