The Rapier, Part One: Beginners Workbook, Right-Handed Layout


Learn to fence with the rapier with this beginners’ course in workbook format, supported by 20+ video clips. This version is formatted for right-handers.

Workbook by Guy Windsor and published by Spada Press.

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About The Rapier – Part 1: Beginners

Take a beginners’ course with world-renowned swordsmanship instructor Dr. Guy Windsor,
through this innovative workbook format.

With this 70+ page workbook you can learn the basics of rapier fencing. The book is illustrated with extracts from historical sources, and supported by over twenty video clips, linked to in the text. All you need is a training partner, a smartphone, tablet, or computer, and a couple of practice rapiers and fencing masks.

The book is organised in four sessions or classes, which covers all this and more:

  • footwork
  • sword handling
  • stringering
  • attack by disengage
  • parry riposte in one tempo
  • feints
  • parry riposte in two tempi
  • thrusts
  • cuts
  • beat attack.

This version is laid out for right-handers, with space for written notes on the right-hand page. If you are left-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All techniques are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

Book Details

  • Author: Guy Windsor
  • Publisher: Spada Press
  • Date of Publication: 10th October 2018
  • ISBN: 978-952-7157-44-2
  • Binding: Coil bound
  • Pages: c.75
  • Height: 29.7 cm
  • Width: 21.0 cm
  • Language: English

This book is written by Guy Windsor, and published by Spada Press, an imprint of Swordschool Ltd. Fallen Rook Publishing Ltd is the distribution and sales partner. All inquiries about reproduction or copyrights should be addressed to Swordschool Ltd.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
    • A note to instructors
    • A note to left-handers
    • Equipment
    • Using this Workbook
    • Safety
  • The First Class: Starting at the Beginning
    • The Guard Position
    • The Lunge
    • Stepping, forwards and backwards
    • Controlling Measure
    • Footwork summary
    • Grounding
    • Holding the Sword
    • Parts of the Sword
    • The Four Guards
    • The Sword: Forte and Debole
    • Hunt the Debole
    • Plate 7: step by step
  • The Second Class: To Strike and Not Be Struck
    • Warm-up
    • Footwork Revision
    • Cavazione deeper dive
    • Introducing choice
  • The Third Class: Introducing the Feint
    • The parry riposte in two tempi
    • Plate 7, complete
  • The Fourth Class: Cuts and Counterdisengages
    • Cuts
    • Plate 13: the Scannatura
  • Conclusion
  • Quick Quiz
  • Glossary
  • Thanks
  • Further Reading

Cite this Book

Windsor, Guy. The Rapier, Part One: Beginners Workbook, Right-Handed Layout. Ipswich, Spada Press, October 2018. ISBN: 978-952-7157-44-2