The Rapier, Part Three: Developing Your Skills, 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 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 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 technical exercises are shown in the videos for both right-handers and left-handers.

Book Details

  • Author: Guy Windsor
  • Publisher: Spada Press
  • Date of Publication: 17th March 2019
  • ISBN: 978-952-7157-48-0
  • 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
    • Equipment
    • 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
    • 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
    • Freeplay as a Diagnostic Drill
    • Pressure Drills
    • Choosing What to Train: Breadth and Depth
  • Conclusion
  • Thanks
  • Further Reading

Cite this Book

Windsor, Guy. The Rapier, Part Three: Developing Your Skills Workbook, Right-Handed Layout. Ipswich, Spada Press, December 2018. ISBN: 978-952-7157-48-0