I.33 Sword and Buckler with Alex Hanning

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Instructor: Alex Hanning, Lonin || Seattle, WA

Session 1: 

For the first class we will start with basic sword and buckler handling solo exercises for those with little or no familiarity with these tools. We will then quickly progress to ways of improving and winning from the bind based on a series of competitive, two person drills. This allows a quick way of understanding the strategies of the system as a whole rather than building up from specific plays. Extra levels of complication can be added to each drill as requested. 

Requirements: Mask, gorget, moderate hand protection
Suggested: fencing jacket , arming sword and buckler (we have  loaners, though people may need to rotate through the better ones if the class is popular!)

Session 2:

The second class will start with a brief review and practice of the previous class's paired exercises. We will then examine entering into the bind based on competitive drills that bring out several of the plays from the text (with occasional detours to describe alternate interpretations currently in circulation). Using the previous class exercises we will build appropriate  responses, bringing these scenarios to life and transitioning out of the text and into flexible techniques suitable for free-play. We will finish by looking at typical problems when fighting non-i.33 style opponents, and practice solutions that help deal with their strategies while staying within i.33. It is possible, though not advised, to take Session 2 without Session 1.

Requirements: Mask, gorget, moderate hand protection
Suggested: fencing jacket , decent hand protection,  arming sword and buckler (we have loaners, and may need to rotate through the better ones if the class is popular!)

Session 3: 

For the final session we will be putting our skills to the test in a round robin tournament designed to further hone your sword and buckler skills. For those looking for more practice with the previous two sets of class exercises in between rounds, sufficient space, willing partners, and some assistance should be available also. Feedback and suggestions will be offered on request to deal with free-play scenarios as they arise. 

For those sparring with steel weapons, sufficient protective gear for that is required. We have some nylon loaner swords for those with less comprehensive protective gear.