Looking for where to learn about that “Big Sword” and not those tiny Olympic-style weapons? It’s here! Check out the sword art of historic German longsword. See more about Longsword on our Introduction to Fencing Videos page.
What’s a longsword?
The longsword is a medieval, two-handed, double-edged weapon popular throughout much of Europe from the 1300s through the 1500s. During this time it served as a weapon of war, a self-defense weapon, and a means of settling disputes in judicial duels. Our study of longsword techniques is based on actual medieval and renaissance fencing manuals, with an eye towards understanding and applying the techniques in a martial setting.
Is longsword right for me?
In comparison to the Olympic weapons (foil, epee, and sabre), our study of longsword is more of a “complete” martial art: we’ll evaluate techniques based on their effectiveness in actual combat, integrate elements from grappling in our drills, and study other medieval weapons both on their own and as a complement to the longsword.
If you’re looking for a fencing experience that tries to capture “real” swordfighting, this is the weapon for you. No previous experience in fencing or martial arts is necessary! If you are already a fencer or martial artist, the skills you’ve developed will be a great complement to your study of longsword.
Longsword is appropriate for adults and teens ages 14 and up.
Coach Dre leads Longsword practice. This fall, the longsword group is meeting outside in a grassy Durham field on Tuesdays 7:30-8:30pm. Check the Longsword Facebook page or email us directly for location.
One-on-one lessons are also available.
If you are interested in joining the group, please Contact Us. We welcome you!
Check out the Longsword Online page for lessons you can practice at home if you can’t make it to the club.
Longsword is a martial art, and as with all martial arts there is a risk of injury. Safety is a collaborative effort; all participants in the longsword program must abide by the program’s Safety Policy.
All participants will need to follow our Covid-Safer protocols and complete all required forms in-person or online before attending. During the club’s COVID-19 response, participants must bring their own gear: a sword trainer, mask, and lacrosse/hockey/longsword gloves; We are not practicing grappling and other close-in techniques at this time, and partner drills will be limited.