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 of fencers from other disciplines coming to rapier. The latter is very exciting, but means that development is needed until the skillset is the same as in Longsword.
The bout discussed shows two very different styles, one linear and more lunge based, the other moving off line.