This workshop will begin with a presentation of historical European swords through the ages. A variety of swords will be brought in and participants will be able to handle them all. After the short history, we will train in the knightly art of longsword.
This weapon was used in Europe for hundreds of years to fight wars, duels and in personal combat. Jared will show the difference between historical usage and the romantic expressions commonly seen in film/tv in order to give the participants a better understanding of how to depict swordplay.
The simple cruciform hilted sword can be used with one or two hands. This workshop will focus on the fundamental aspects of Longsword combat to understand how the posture and positioning of the primary guards facilitate the offense (through cutting and thrusting) and defense (through countercuts and parries). This interactive workshop will have plenty of time for question and answer throughout the training time.