R&D Sparring, HEMAG Dijon 2017

Here’s a video from a fight between Francesco Loda of Accademia Roma D’Armi and me (Rob Runacres), filmed at the second day of the HEMAG Dijon event in France. Francesco follows the tradition of Francesco Marcelli, who wrote a treatise in 1686. I’m attempting to display principles from the treatise ‘Livre Des Lecons’, written some time after 1610. Francesco is …

Training videos: the club in action!

It’s been all too long since I posted anything and I thought I would post some training videos that Ive put elsewhere on social medai. Of course, we’ve been very busy with research and events. De Heredia is now translated and with the editors for publication and I’m working through the second part of Besnard (1653) and the Italian Cavalcabo …

Rapier & Dagger Sparring 27.06.16

Some light rapier & dagger sparring from Monday’s class, concentrating on movement, measure and footwork. Like most sparring, it’s not perfect, because we are all trying different things out. We’re not going Hell for leather as, firstly, one cannot trial techniques, but also because we teach to respect weapons as ‘sharp’, much like firearms should always be respected, even when unloaded. However, …

Writing the Rules

I will start this off by saying what this is not It is not a discussion on the pros and cons of competitions, nor is it in favour of a particular rule-set. I am unbiased on that last point; I used to be very much in favour of one particular set, but then I found that the rules began to …

Rapier competition

The latest episode of Alte Herren. Hans Jornlind and Rob Runacres look at a bout from the 2015 Swordfish rapier competition in Sweden. In addition, we talk more generally about the state of rapier competition and discuss some of the difficulties faced. These include the limited forms in use and ‘chasing the hit’ rather than defending and fighting cleanly. Also, there are a large number …

Lunge in Rapier in Dagger

Continuing the series of techniques in rapier and dagger, this video offers a very brief introduction to the lunge. This is a very powerful attack, but has its problems. It is easy for the fencer to over commit and be vulnerable to counter attack. often, this is because students tend to lunge in a very extended form used in sports fencing; …

New to Alte Herren

Techniques and Interview with Jake Norwood A lot of things going on with Alte Herren these days. The first is a video reviewing four techniques from three fights at the 2015 Swordfish Open Longsword. We breakdown exactly what the fighters are doing, looking at their body mechanics and footwork, and what it is that makes them land their successful hit. …

Offline Step in Rapier

A short video lesson on stepping offline Moving offline means to step out of the path of the attacking enemy; in this case (for a right handed fencer), moving to the left. The enemy is assumed to be lunging or making a very committed attack. The step needs to be made lightly, so not with a heavy step, with the weight overly …

Interviews: New in Alte Herren

We have two new interviews in our vlog, Alte Herren, with Rob Runacres and Hans Jornlind as hosts. Ilkka The first of the interviews is with the Finnish martial artist Ilkka Hartikainen talking about his love of the Italian ‘Bolognese’ form of martial arts. The Bolognese was a style originating in the fifteenth century, reaching its peak in the early …

Girata in Rapier and Dagger

A short video lesson on the girata, or evasion Girata is an Italian term for stepping off line to the sword side. It is commonly used as a reaction to a straight line attack. It can be difficult to execute as, in rapier and dagger, the body is held a little more square than in single rapier; this technique requires the …