So I ended up creating a YouTube account just so y’all can watch these vids from Nic Harrison’s “Live by the sword” sword-fighting techniques workshop from our 2011 RWNZ “Love & Other Crimes” conference. Am I good to you or what???
Please note that Nic gave me permission to upload the vids I took to YouTube, and also to post them here on my website. So I’d ask that you respect the hard work and time and dedication to the craft of sword-fighting that’s gone into creating this workshop, and if you share the links, please attribute credit where credit is due. In other words, if you don’t credit Nic, I’ll send these guys after you with their pointy swords! (And believe me, you don’t want these guys coming after you with pointy swords. Those things hurt. And bruise. And draw blood. And scar you up.)
1) Nic & Silver: Tempo and timing: “Most of the fight is ‘not being’ there’ because the weapons are heavy and the pace is slow.”
(Refer Nic’s comment) Amended to add: “In longsword the art is in NOT stopping the action, because then it has to begin again.”
2) Sword-fighting circa 1745
3) Nic & Shay demonstrate “cage of steel” technique with swords and companion weapons
4) Nic & Shay: fighting techniques using companion weapons.
5) Nic & Shay: deflection techniques
6) Nic & Shay demonstrate a typical English-style defense vs Italian-style attack
7) “Richard Sharpe” fighting style
8) Not sure what to call this one — sword-fighting with a hefty bunch of grappling? Effective as heck, though.
(Refer Nic’s comment) Amended to add: “The technique of closure in Italian is known as Giocco Stretta (Close play) as opposed to Giocco larga (Wide play).”
9) Note the change of technique required when a buckler is introduced!
10) Nic & Silver: sword vs knife
11) Robbo on knife-fighting through the ages (Apologies for the abrupt ending, but I got out from behind the camera in a bit of a hurry to try to take his knife away from him *VBG*)
12) After demoing a fight in slow-mo, Nic and Silver show us a more realistic speed.
13) Ooops. Poor Nic–what a way to go.
And finally, I’ll leave you with this: how poor, weary soldiers recharge after a battle:
(My thanks to Thiloshini for this great photo!)