Class Schedule

 
Techniques of German Longsword​

Saturday 10:00am - 1:00pm, FSV Canterbury

Saturday 3:00pm - 6:00pm, FSV Footscray

 

This class focuses on teaching the techniques outlined in the glosses of Liechtenauer, in the order that the Zedel prescribes them.


Each lesson will focus on one or two individual techniques and will spend time going through mechanics of the motions required to undertake that/those techniques, whilst placing them in the broader context of the overall system.


This class best teaches what the various ‘moves’ are for the use of the longsword and exactly how to do them. 


Each class will provide for 2 hours of technical instruction and then 1 hour of self-directed learning and/or sparring. 


This is our best class for beginners to longsword, as it provides detailed instruction on how to use the sword effectively. However, experienced fencers still benefit from this class as they are provided with the most up-to-date interpretations and continued practice of the mechanics of their actions. 
 

FSVW​: Women's Longsword 

Thursday 7:30pm - 9:30pm, FSV Canterbury

FSVW is FSV's women's longsword class, designed and run by women training at FSV to address the specific needs of women learning longsword.

To provide continuity of learning for those attending multiple classes, each week the FSVW class will follow the same topic area as the Techniques in German Longsword Class (Canterbury). 

 

However, unlike the other classes, FSVW is broken into three sections, with sections 1 and 3 optional to allow flexibility in the time commitment required to attend this class.  
7:30 - 8:00pm: Strength, fitness and routine drills

This section covers basic strength and fitness building exercises, solo drills of sword movements which can be practiced at home and simple partner drills covering basic cuts and thrusts to keep existing skills fresh while we move through later content. 

8:00 - 9:00pm: Topic area content

This section explores our topic of the week, introducing techniques as described in the texts through partner drills and discussion. 

9:00 - 9:30pm: Decision making drills and implementation skills

Here we work on putting our topic area content into more dynamic situations through decision making and freeplay drills. This section, and the class, finishes with sparring and coaching games, where students may play the role of fencer or coach depending on comfort and experience levels. 

FSVW classes are open to female identifying students​ of any experience level. Beginner fencers are paired with more experience fencers to provide coaching throughout the class. Classes have been designed so that fencers can participate at their own pace and comfort level, especially during drills with sparring or freeplay. 

Principles of German Longsword​

Tuesday 7:30pm - 10:30pm, FSV Canterbury

This class focuses on extracting the principles underpinning the glosses of Liechtenauer and teaching those to the students. 
Each lesson will focus on a single principle which will be explored through a variety of techniques. Noting how different techniques implement or use that principle in different ways. 


This class best teaches how and when to use the various different ‘moves’ when fencing, providing context to people who understand how to already implement them.


Each class will provide for 2 hours of technical instruction and then 1 hour of self-directed learning and/or sparring. 


This class is generally better suited to more experienced fencers, as it moves through the various moves more quickly than the Techniques class. Beginner fencers can and have learned the entire syllabus from attending this class, so this should not be seen as a impediment to new starters on Tuesdays, but should be aware that this class moves faster than the Saturday Techniques classes. 
 

Smallsword

Wednesday 7:00pm - 10:00pm, FSV Footscray

This class focuses on teaching the use of smallsword as described by F.A.W.L Roux.


Each lesson will focus on a small number of individual techniques and will spend time going through mechanics of the motions required to undertake that/those techniques, whilst placing them in the broader context of the overall system.
Each class will provide for 2 hours of technical instruction and then 1 hour of self-directed learning and/or sparring. 


As our sole smallsword class, this class is suited to all participants interested in learning the use of the weapon and accommodates new and experienced fencers equally well.