Advice for Judges

A few thoughts for anyone who wants to try their hand at being a judge in a sword fighting competition… Read the Rules Yes, a stupidly obvious point, so there is no need to be obviously stupid by turning up at the briefing the night before and getting confused over the latest grappling rules. If You Don’t Know, Ask Preferably …

Training Equipment

This article is a guide to the equipment used for training in the Renaissance Sword Club. Before I begin this, I need to highlight that this is an opinion, etc. and not a list of what brand 0f equipment that must be bought. My students should be aware that if I feel something is not up to scratch, they will …

Single Sword Class

Last night’s rapier lesson started a twelve week examination of Gérard Thibault’s method for the single sword. While working on this style, students were presented with a comparison with other styles: though Thibault changes emphasis in the mechanics by 90° to the horizontal plane. I feel there is considerable misunderstanding about Thibault; that he has an esoteric or obscure method. Instead, I …