Cutting with Medieval Swords

Instructor(s): Brittany Reeves


Students in this workshop will learn to safely handle sharp swords, and will learn basic and proficient cutting with single hand swords and longwords. Cutting will be done in the fashion of German sword art systems, though practitioners of all systems will benefit from the basic principles of cutting with a sharp sword. Students will also learn about:

Safety & Sword Care: An introduction to sharp sword safety is absolutely required, students not prepared to oblige by the safety instructions set out by the instructor will not be allowed to participate. Keeping yourself safe, keeping your peers safe. We will also briefly cover caring for sharps.

Why Do We Cut?: Swords were primarily intended to cut, slice, and thrust. While our training tools are blunt for obvious safety reasons, it is of great benefit to the martial artist to test their system of study as it was intended (without causing harm or damage, obviously). We will look at how to interpret the feedback that our target gives us. This will help us identify what a good, clean cut looks like. It can also help give us clues as to why a cut was not as successful.

What Makes a Sword Cut?: We will talk about edge alignment, martial blows, form, and movement, and how those things relate to good, bad, or perfect cuts.

Equipment Requirements

A sharp Longsword and a sharp One Handed Sword (Arming sword, messer or falchion are ideal), Gloves. Loaner sharps will be provided if student’s cannot bring their own.