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Free Beginner's Longsword Class

a gentle introduction to Fiore's Longsword

This class is a free introduction to Fiore dei Liberi's Art of Arms, and is a very gentle beginner's class. You will require only a safe place to practice, and a sword simulator (a 120cm stick will do just fine).

If you have no experience with exercise, I would recommend taking the free Knee Maintenance course first, to make sure you're not going to hurt yourself.

This class includes a free Safety handout, a Glossary of Italian fencing terms, and the Course Plan for the complete Longsword course.

The class will cover:

The footwork:

  • Accrescere/discrescere
  • Passare/tornare
  • volta stabile, meza volta, tutta volta
  • The unarmed guards:
  • posta longa
  • posta di dente di zenghiaro
  • posta frontale
  • posta di tutta porta di ferro

Sword guards:

  • posta di donna on the right
  • posta di donna on the left
  • tutta porta di ferro
  • posta di dente di zenghiaro
  • posta longa
  • posta di coda longa


Your Instructor


Guy Windsor
Guy Windsor

I have been training martial arts for 30 years, and teaching swordsmanship professionally since I founded The School of European Swordsmanship in 2001. The School has branches and study groups all over the world, so I have taught thousands of students, from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. My books include The Swordsman’s Companion, The Duellist’s Companion, The Medieval Dagger, The Medieval Longsword, as well as The Swordsman's Quick Guide series of ebooks. It's my job to help you achieve your goals. I do this by teaching in person, through my books, and through these online courses.


Class Curriculum


  Free Longsword Beginner's Class
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