Mechanics of Long Sword
In the Mechanics of Long Sword class, students will receive instruction on how to perform the actions described in Liechtenauer's zedel and the glosses.
This class focuses on correct mechanics, body structure and technique implementation; providing a "how to" of use of the Long Sword. Students can expect this class to consist of choreographed drills; both solo and paired with set roles and focused instruction and correction of how they are performing specific actions.
New fencers to Long Sword are advised to start with this class, but all fencers will benefit from it.
This class provides sufficient standalone instruction for fencers seeking to learn fencing with the Long Sword, but with less interest in sparring with the long sword.
Tactics of Long Sword
In the Tactics of Long Sword class, students will participate in guided experimentation of when and why to use the actions described in Liechtenauer's zedel and the glosses.
This class focuses on tactical decision making, fencing theory and application of Long Sword in a sparring environment. Students can expect this class to consist of instructional sparring type games; both co-operative and competitive, with rules, guidance and coaching designed to focus fencers on specific decisions and outcomes in their fencing.
This class is not suited as a standalone class for beginners. Fencers without prior instruction at FSV wishing to undertake the Tactics of Long Sword class will need to attend the Mechanics of Long Sword class immediately preceding the Tactics of Long Sword class they wish to attend.
FSVW: Women's Longsword
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 Mechanics of Longsword classes.
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. Attendees are encouraged to participate in other FSV classes.
Principles of German Longsword
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.
German Duelling Swords -
These classes explore the use of single handed swords used in gentlemanly duels in the 18th and 19th centuries. Lessons are delivered as two consecutive classes, each focusing on a different weapon.
Each of the two classes will conclude with time for free play, when students can further explore concepts or engage in sparring with either weapon system.
Classes are designed to be welcoming and accommodating to aspiring duellists of all experience levels.
Explores the use of the sabre, a favourite weapon of cavalrymen. We teach from the tradition of the German Berliner Turnschule, a style focused on a dynamic flow of attacking cuts and parries.
Explores the use of the smallsword, a precise and refined weapon for settling affairs of honour. We work from the German Kreussler tradition, a system designed with safety and control of the duel in mind.