This class focuses on historical weapon-based martial arts systems. Our primary focus is on German Medieval Longsword (two-handed sword) and on Italian Rapier (Civilian thrusting sword). Students who take this class can also expect to be exposed to the following:
- Unarmoured and armoured grappling
- Pole-axe (Armoured)
- Rondel Dagger (Armoured)
- Chinese Jian
Classes will be taught from a Western Martial Arts perspective rather than for competition or theatre. We utilize near-full weight or full-weight weapons with historically appropriate balances to ensure more accurate training and technique. No experience is required and all equipment is provided. Minimum age is 14.
Classes currently meet on Fridays from 6:30PM to 8:30PM. Tuition is $45 per month with a discount available to existing full BSB members.Our curriculum is based on a 3-part approach consisting of solo and partner drills, sparring and live cutting. The majority of each class will be spent on physical conditioning, body mechanics and martial principle taught through solo and partner drills and through specific techniques or "plays" from the historical martial system being studied. Students will be provided with a historical context through some lecture and presentation of arms and armour. Students will also be exposed to German, Italian, Japanese and Chinese terminology and interpretations. Our techniques and training methods are derived from surviving period manuscripts which have been translated and reproduced for the modern Western Practitioner.We feel that it is important to put techniques and training to the test in a more "live" setting via the use of light free-play or full armoured sparring. After sufficient training and experience has been attained, students will don protective equipment and will be permitted and encouraged to explore and refine their training under pressure. Our goal is not to be competitive, but rather to use sparring as a means to educate ourselves about our own understanding of the art.
Lastly, students will be trained on how to properly execute live cuts with a sharp reproduction sword. Twice yearly our group hosts a cutting-day where tatami mats are rolled and soaked, often around bamboo, and reproduction live weapons are provided for all attendees to use to test their cutting. We feel that a proper understanding of accurate cutting mechanics is critical to one's understanding of sword technique and application.
For questions or other inquiries regarding this class, please contact Erik Schmitt.
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone - 802-365-4080