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 …

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 …

Single Rapier Sparring 25.06.15

Some single rapier sparring at our Thursday night class at Frimley Green in Surrey. We’ve been working on moving off line and manoeuvring, as well as fundamentals of engaging the blade