2014: Longsword: Paulus Mair

Video from Dreynevent 2014, recorded by Dreynschlag.

This workshop will look at some of the techniques, concepts and sequences from Paulus Mair’s “Opus Amplissimum de Arte Athletica”. We will not be starting at page 1 and working as far through the book as we can; with about 120 sequences of 12 to 16 movements each, that would not be a helpful way to explore the style! Instead, I have synthesised the recurring concepts into a very short list, to provide a flavour for the system, and have identified some key sequences to exemplify some very interesting methods to deal with common problems that we all face in fencing, and a couple of sequences have been included simply for entertainment.