Introduction to Fencing with the Medieval Longsword (Longsword 101)

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Introduction to Fencing with the Medieval Longsword (Longsword 101)

Workshops Begin Monthly (Approximately)

Come and begin your rewarding and delightful journey into the art of medieval longsword fencing! Our next Intro to Longsword four-week workshop will be held the following dates:

Thursdays April 4, 11, 18, and 25 (5 to 6 pm)

All classes will be held at LionHeart Academy in El Cajon.

Are you fascinated by dramatic, exciting images of medieval warriors wielding mighty swords in chivalric tournaments, honorable duels, or pitched battles? If you want to bring your Ren Faire/video game/action movie daydreams to life and put yourself in the shoes of a heroic knight, then come and start your personal journey into the world of medieval swordplay with San Diego Longsword’s Introduction To Medieval Longsword Fencing (or “Longsword 101”) and discover the excitement, subtlety, finesse, and camaraderie of this wonderful fencing art!

Wait! “Subtlety and finesse” in medieval sword fighting??? Surely this is a style of swordplay that’s all about brutal smashing and cleaving, where the weak are slain, and only the mighty endure … right?

Actually, this fencing art is all about defeating opponents who rely on nothing but brute force and untrained power. One of the great 15th century masters of this art stated that the successful swords-person “fights strength with weakness, and weakness with strength,” and that “if strength and speed were all that’s necessary to win a battle, there would be no need to study the art of fencing.” Our classes are perfect for those who never did too well at traditional sports, who aren’t into heavy competition, and who just want to have fun and make friends. (Let’s face it - anyone who wants to practice medieval sword fighting is, on some level, a sci-fi/fantasy “nerd” at heart!) We are a diverse group, where everyone is welcome, our goal is to have fun, and we train to any and every level of physical ability.

So how do you get started? Join Chivalry Today/San Diego Longsword’s historical fencing team for a four-week all inclusive workshop focused on the basics of medieval swordplay.

This course provides detailed instruction in the basic elements of dueling/fencing with the longsword - it’s a great place for beginners to start their practice of any medieval fencing art, and also an effective way for experienced fencers to get a deeper understanding of basic fencing mechanics.

No equipment? No worries! All necessary equipment is provided for this course. All you need are athletic clothing, athletic shoes, and the courage to try something new! 

Introduction to Fencing with the Medieval Longsword (also called “Longsword 101”) is a prerequisite for advancing into San Diego Longsword’s Core Concepts in German Longsword weekly training group (included in Basic and Unlimited Membership packages).

Total due $100

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