Throughout the 18th and 19th century, British swordsmanship involved the use of sabres, broadswords, spadroons, and other, similar weapons both on land and at sea. Smallswords also grew in popularity during the mid 17th to late 18th century, which we will cover in this course.
What to Expect
Expect an introduction to the use of a sabre (or broadsword/spadroon) according to Charles Roworth and John Taylor. This course starts with lessons on how to stand, how to advance and withdraw from your opponent while maintaining safe distance, and how to perform basic cuts and guards against your opponent. The lessons then evolve to more complex guards, cuts, and other techniques from Charles Roworth's "The Art of Defence" and other sources. We will eventually move onto using smallswords in glorious, stabby combat.