Cutting with the Longsword | Tristan Zukowski

Tristan Zukowski || New York Historical Fencing Association || New York, New York

The cutting class is meant to introduce longsword practitioners to the utility of test-cutting tatami for feedback on, and validation of, technique. Focus will be on body mechanics, particularly the generation of power and maintenance of edge alignment via hip rotation and subtleties of grip. Diagonal descending cuts (e.g. Oberhau) will be the primary focus, as the principles employed there can later be extrapolated to all other cuts. Those with more experience will also be given an opportunity to examine other cuts, and/or combinations of cuts.

Requirements: A blunt longsword (steel is preferred, but any waster is suitable); a sharp longsword (subject to approval by the instructor for safety concerns). A loaner sharp will be available.