Rapier

The Spanish destreza vulgar

Description: Workshop about the Spanish destreza vulgar, fencing with rapier and rapier and dagger. Which is a garatusa, a encadenada or torneada, how make a encomendada. The participant needs to sword and dagger, the level of participant’s  may be low.

Duration: 1 ½ hours

Instructor: Eugenio Garcia-Salmones

Country: Spain

Giganti and his fencing

Description:Workshop about the fencing of Italian master Nicoletto Giganti, fencing with rapier and rapier and dagger. The participant needs to sword and dagger, the level of participant’s  may be low.

Duration: 2 or 3 hours

Instructor: Eugenio Garcia-Salmones

Country: Spain

Complete Introduction to the Rapier

Description: A basic introduction for the complete beginner or for those with knowledge of other weapon forms. Students will cover single rapier on day one and companion weapons (dagger and cape) on day 2.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box) and preferably their own rapier, dagger and cloak. Dagger simulators can be as simple as a stick, but any rondel or main gauche will suffice. The cloak should not be made of a synthetic material and should be large enough that, when fully stretched out, it is wider than the shoulders and can reach from the neck to the feet. A large towel is ideal (there is no restriction on towel colour or pattern!).

Duration: 2 days

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or events in UK or abroad

Past the Point: Rapier voids, giratas and passes in defence and in the attack

Description: Many novices in Italian rapier seek to engage the opponent in a very linear manner, without considering the opportunities presented by stepping offline or by simply using body mechanics to move past the point.

This workshop will begin by examining how to use voiding to the side or under an attack to defeat the opponent. Students will progress to passing offline and thence to using attacks from retired guards. The workshop will finish by considering Salvatore Fabris’ use of mechanics in taking the fight to the opponent.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box) and a rapier.

Duration: 2 hours +

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or events in UK or abroad

 

The Single Rapier

Description: an introduction for the complete beginner or for those with knowledge of other weapon forms.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box) and preferably their own rapier.

Duration: 2 hour workshop or 2 hour class as continuing tuition for the individual or class.

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or at events in UK or abroad as a workshop

Rapier and Dagger

Description: an introduction for the complete beginner or for those with knowledge of other weapon forms.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box) and preferably their own rapier and dagger.

Duration: 2 hour workshop or 2 hour class as continuing tuition for the individual or class.

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or at events in UK or abroad as a workshop

Introduction to Rapier and Cloak

Description: Today, the cloak is perhaps perceived as belonging to a Hollywood swashbuckler than a serious companion weapon, or at best a weapon of opportunity for a desperate encounter. However, sources such as Fabris, Alfieri and Dall’Aggochie show us that the cloak was a respected weapon to accompany the sword, requiring its own methodology and techniques. This workshop will introduce students to the cloak forms of Salvator Fabris (1606), taking them from the basic guards and defences, through to disarms and throws.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box), a rapier and some form of cloak simulator. The cloak should not be made of a synthetic material and should be large enough that, when fully stretched out, it is wider than the shoulders and can reach from the neck to the feet. A large towel is ideal (there is no restriction on towel colour or pattern!).

Duration: 2 hours +

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or at events in UK or abroad as a workshop

Dall’Aggochie’s Single Sword

Description: In 1572, a text entitled Dell’arte di Scrimia by Giovanno Dall’Aggochie was published, following the Italian Dardi fencing tradition which has since become known as ‘Bolognese’. Overshadowed in modern practitioners’ eyes by the earlier Opera Nova dell’Arte delle Armi by Achille Marozzo (1536), or Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531 or earlier), Dall’Aggochie provides a clear and concise introduction to the sidesword of the latter sixteenth century, a system that relies heavily on the cut, but which begins to reflect the rise in dominance of the thrust.

This workshop will introduce students to Dall’Aggochie’s lessons for the single sword, covering footwork, cut and thrust mechanics as well as some plays.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box), and some form of sidesword simulator: a nylon waster will do, but no rapiers with blades over 38” / 96cm.

Duration: 2 hours +. This workshop can be extended and merged with the Dall’Aggochie’s Sword and Dagger workshop into a two day introduction to the Bolognese system.

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or at events in UK or abroad as a workshop

Dall’Aggochie’s Sword and Dagger

Description: In 1572, a text entitled Dell’arte di Scrimia by Giovanno Dall’Aggochie was published, following the Italian Dardi fencing tradition which has since become known as ‘Bolognese’. Overshadowed in modern practitioners’ eyes by the earlier Opera Nova dell’Arte delle Armi by Achille Marozzo (1536), or Antonio Manciolino’s Opera Nova (1531 or earlier), Dall’Aggochie provides a clear and concise introduction to the sidesword of the latter sixteenth century, a system that relies heavily on the cut, but which begins to reflect the rise in dominance of the thrust.

This workshop will introduce students to Dall’Aggochie’s lessons for the sword and dagger, covering footwork, cut and thrust mechanics as well as some plays.

Requirements: Students should bring standard fencing equipment (jacket, mask, gloves and a box), and some form of sidesword simulator: a nylon waster will do, but no rapiers with blades over 38” / 96cm. Dagger simulators can be as simple as a stick, but any rondel or main gauche will suffice.

Duration: 2 hours +. This workshop can be extended and merged with the Dall’Aggochie’s Single Sword workshop into a two day introduction to the Bolognese system.

InstructorRob Runacres

Country: UK or at events in UK or abroad as a workshop