International Swordfighting and Martial Arts Convention
Sept 3rd-6th, 2010

Hosted by
Art of Combat, inc.
&
New Dawn
Duellists Society
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Italian Rapier and Dagger
INSTRUCTORS: Tom Leoni
DESCRIPTION:
If you were my best friend and I had to prepare you for a sword-and-dagger duel in two hours, the material in this class is what I would cover. In short, you cannot claim that you know Italian sword and dagger unless you are familiar with the following:
  • The main guard of sword and dagger--as well as the tactical reasons behind each element in the guard
  • The four lunges
  • The four parries
  • The openings and the lines in Italian sword and dagger
  • How to provoke attacks through gaining the opponent’s sword and performing invitations, and how to defeat the opponent as he launches his attack
  • Feints in sword and dagger (introduction only--this could be a whole class)

This class is for anyone who wishes to use a companion weapon together with the rapier--including the left hand, the dagger, the targa or even the cape. The dagger, however, is the most pedagogically-effective weapon to instill the concepts we will cover.
There are no prerequisites for this class, although a degree of familiarity with the Italian rapier (single sword) will greatly help.
 

 
Equipment:
  • Safely-blunted rapier simulator
  • Left-hand dagger
  • Gloves
  • Fencing mask
  • Fencing jacket or doublet

 
 

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