About The Rapier – Part 3: Developing Your Skills
With this workbook you can take your skills to the next level. We will cover how to train: how to take things you already know, and make them actually work under pressure. To become a swordsman/swordswoman/ swordsperson, not just someone who knows some sword moves. This is the heart of swordsmanship, and its most sophisticated element.
You will learn how to systematically add depth and complexity to the basic drills you already know, bridging the gap between choreographical drill practice, and free fencing. You will learn how to keep your practice in the optimum band between too-easy and too-hard, and you will learn the basics of coaching, which is all about creating that optimum level of difficulty for your partner.
This version is laid out for left-handers, with space for written notes on the left-hand page. If you are right-handed we recommend choosing the version laid out for you. All technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.
- Author: Guy Windsor
- Publisher: Spada Press
- Date of Publication: 17th March 2019
- ISBN: 978-952-7157-49-7
- Binding: Coil bound
- Pages: 56
- 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
- Developing Your Skills
- Run a Diagnostic
- Feedback mechanisms
- The optimal rate of failure
- Common Psychological Impediments
- Building the Bridge
- The Pattern of Training
- The Ninth Class: Adding Complexity
- Add a Step at the End
- Add a Step at the Beginning
- Developing Fencing Memory
- The Tenth Class: Who Moves First?
- Who Moves First?
- Degrees of Freedom
- The “Rule of Cs”
- Technical or Tactical?
- Coaching the Attack by Disengage
- The Eleventh Class: Adding Competition
- The Compound Counter Riposte Drill
- The Compound Counter-Riposte Flowdrill
- Coaching the Parry-Riposte in One Tempo
- Slow Fencing
- The Twelfth Class: Setting Up Freeplay
- Freeplay as a Diagnostic Drill
- Pressure Drills
- Choosing What to Train: Breadth and Depth
- Further Reading
Cite this Book
Windsor, Guy. The Rapier, Part Three: Developing Your Skills Workbook, Left-Handed Layout. Ipswich, Spada Press, December 2018. ISBN: 978-952-7157-49-7
Keith Farrell teaches HEMA professionally, often at international events (why not hire me to teach at your event?), and has an interest in coaching instructors to become better teachers. I teach regularly at Liverpool HEMA, and help behind the scenes with running HEMA in Glasgow at the Vanguard Centre.