Spaces are limited to 22, and we are now fully booked! You can join the waiting list in case of cancellations by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The course costs 260€.
Learning your first swordsmanship style is like learning your first language. It takes years to gain full fluency, but after that, all other languages are easier to pick up; you already understand intuitively how grammar, syntax and vocabulary work. Any system will do as a starting point, so long as it is complete: founded on solid principles, and with a sufficiently broad base of techniques to draw from.
In The School of European Swordsmanship our foundation is Fiore’s Art of Arms. Once this system is properly understood, it can serve as a basis for learning other styles much more quickly.
This year’s Extravaganza is about this process; how to use our base in Fiore’s Art to pick up other systems, without importing material that does not belong. So, how to speak the new language without an accent, and without borrowing words and phrases from your native tongue.
We will start with the fundamental physical and tactical principles of all martial arts: grounding and power generation, measure and timing, and see how they play out in Fiore’s Art. We will then take that base and apply it to Liechtenauer’s longsword and messer, I.33 sword and buckler, and Capoferro’s rapier, taking careful note of why these systems are different, and so how they represent the same fundamental ideas in a new context.
It is one Art!
Saturday 12th 11-17: Overview of the underlying principles of martial arts in general, then as they apply to Fiore’s system; wrestling, dagger and sword
Sunday 13th 11-17: Fiore’s system applied to the sword, spear and pollax
Monday 14th 11-13.30: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Liechtenauer’s longsword material
Tuesday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Liechtenauer’s longsword and messer material
Wednesday: Rest day
Thursday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach Capoferro’s rapier system
Friday 11-17: The principles of Fiore’s system as a way to approach I.33 sword and buckler. Plus tournament planning.
Saturday 11-17: Tournament. We will decide the exact format, allowed weapons etc. together on the Friday.