It has been a great pleasure for me to study as a student in the Solo Training Course. I have experience in martial arts beginning in 1982 and I have done my share of teaching too.
To see new training methods and approaches to individual problems has been a refreshing experience! The pell-part totally blew my mind and next day I had one in my yard.
I sincerely recommend The Solo Training Course as a tool of self-improvement for both the beginners and more advanced students of Historical European Martial Arts regardless of their style or discipline.
The Anonymous Scandinavian
Solo training is the secret behind all truly excellent martial artists' accomplishments. All world class sword people and martial artists spend much of their training time on solo training.
If you live miles away from the nearest fellow martial artist, don't worry, this course does not require training partners. Instead we cover everything you can reasonably do alone to improve your swordsmanship skills.
If you have regular access to a school or training partners, you can still dramatically up your game by incorporating intelligent solo training into your schedule. This course will teach you how.
On this course you will learn ways of developing your mind, your body, and your technical skills, no matter what your starting point is. From absolute beginner to senior martial artist, we have you covered.
The Solo Training course includes these standalone courses:
- Meditation for Martial Artists This course covers four different kinds of meditation, aimed at improving your state of mind and making you a better martial artist.
- Fundamentals: Breathing This course will teach you how to breathe properly, and how to develop anaerobic and aerobic fitness without injuring yourself.
- Fundamentals: Footwork This course will teach you how to move like a martial artist, whatever style you wish to practice.
- Recreating Historical Swordsmanship from Historical Sources This course will teach you how to study the sources and create useful training syllabi from them. Most of such work can indeed be done alone.
Jessica Finley (author of the book Medieval Wrestling) will teach you solo wrestling training.
Gindi Wauchope (professional historical swordsmanship teacher from Melbourne, Australia) will teach you Bolognese swordsmanship, with the sidesword, sword and buckler, and the two-handed sword.
Guy Windsor will teach you to train alone with
- The Longsword
- The Rapier
- The Smallsword
- The Spear
- I.33 style Sword and Buckler
- Sharp Swords and Cutting practice
As well as instruction on:
- How to build a pell and a wall target
- How to create handling drills for any weapon
- Solo training drills for a range of weapons (with more being added over time)
- Stick handling drills to improve strength and weapons control
- Instruction on how to create a daily practice, and to train for longer term goals
Sometimes all this choice can be overwhelming, so there are over 30 trainalong workout routines lead by Guy, each about 40 minutes long, and requiring very little space or equipment. Just hit play and join in!
The breadth and depth of this course is spectacular, providing years of training material.
As with all Swordschool Online courses, you are welcome to try it for 30 days, and request a refund if it doesn’t do it for you. You are always welcome to email Guy with questions, and send him video clips of anything you may want help with. Despite the name of this course, you are NOT ALONE. Over 900 students have taken this course so far: join them!
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, The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts, and The Swordsman's Quick Guide series of ebooks along with many others. 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.
PreviewWelcome. Please start here. (4:36)
PreviewCreating a Daily Practice (10:43)
StartPlanning your training: days, weeks, months, years (13:43)
StartCreating solo forms (18:24)
StartHandling Drills introduction (8:07)
StartStriking drills introduction (7:50)
StartThe Pell (4:27)
StartPoint control basics (7:43)
StartConditioning: Stick drills (20:02)
StartImprovised training tools (21:11)
StartTraining with clubs (29:24)
StartGrounding and Mechanics seminar (zoom) (102:53)
Courses Included with Purchase
Original Price: $719
There are a lot of reasons why we train solo: there are martial arts groups in our area; we’re starting the martial arts group in our area but have to learn first; we’re on vacation; we’re in another country with different traditions. I’ve been all of these at various points.
This course is excellent. Guy Windsor is engaged and responsive: you aren’t just buying a series of YouTube videos here. With his years of experience and his focus on and dedication (and interaction) with his students, this is a course to take seriously - and it’s pretty much unique, so get it while you can!
Chris Kerr, Canada
Guy's Solo course has been a tremendous asset in helping extend my swordsmanship practice outside my always too few club meetings. It has provided direction and structure that my home practice lacked, moving away from just working on whatever technique I thought of from the previous club meeting to a more consistent development of core skills and gotten me to start thinking of my own drills instead of just doing what was shown. This course has been one of the most valuable additions to my swordsmanship training to date!