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Sword fighting


Learn Sword Fighting 1: Basic Attack

Welcome to our sword fighting tutorial for beginners. We will show you the basics of medieval european swordsmanship. Let's start with the so called Oberhau - a simple strike from above.


Expert Saber Sparring: Lee Smith vs Richard Marsden

Impressive fighting skills at work. There is a reason why these guys teach swordsmanship, they are amazing.

This match took place at the Blood & Iron historical martial arts school in New Westminster, BC, Canada. Richard Marsden, co-founder and principal instructor of the Phoenix Society of Historical Swordsmanship, came for a visit to give two seminars, one on Fiore's longsword and another on Polish saber fencing. After the instruction he sparred with Lee Smith, co-founder and principal instructor of Blood & Iron.

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Close-in fighting with a Zweihander two-handed sword

Some thoughts about how zweihander/montante/spadone (two-handed swords) were used in extreme close combat.

MMA with Medieval Armor and Blunt Weapons

Every year there is a medieval style combat tournament that takes place in a castle in Europe; that means swords, full body armor, and shields. This past year we followed the American team to the event to get a sense of how intense the competition is. We saw major injuries, the kind of patriotic pride you see in the Olympics, and sparks fly - literally.

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Let's Look At Arab Sword Fighting Martial Arts

Big shoutout to the viewers who requested this set of martial arts. The Arab world is historically one of the most powerful groups, and they conquered far and conquered wide. Let's see what's leftover from their weapons martial arts. Also, hope you enjoy the historical nerding out at the end of this video ;) It's always fun to nerd out. We look at Tang-Abbasid conflicts, Mongol Mamluk conflicts, and other things. Leave your comments below!

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Tankendo - Short Sword Fighting 短剣道

In tankendo, exponents use a 53-cm-long bamboo sword, less than half the length of those used in kendo. As tankendo was originally based on bayonet fighting, thrusts form the main mode of attack. With its thrilling up-close action, the martial art is gaining enthusiasts worldwide. 6th dan expert Baptiste Tavernier discusses the French influence on tankendo as well as the overall efficacy of short sword fighting, and we report from an international tankendo seminar with attendees from 15 nations.

Tranditional Bokator Khmer Sword fighting at Pagoda

Tranditional Bokator Khmer Sword fighting at Pagoda
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Sword Fighting (Krabi Krabong) Demonstration

Krabi Krabong Demonstration with teachers, Kru Oh and Chris Lawrence at the BBQ Beatdown. Come learn with us!

Spetsnaz Training - Sword Fighting Techniques

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Samurai Sword Fighting Class - NYC

This is a Sword Fighting Class of Samurai Sword Soul Style, which is based on Waki Style Tate, Kendo, Karate, Iaido and Japanese Classical Dance.

The class starts and finishes with Mokuso (meditation).

First, you will learn very basic sword techniques such as gripings, stances, footworks, and cuttings. Then you will move on to lean Katas (forms), combinations, and fighting choreographies including one on one, and one on multiples.

Once you build your foundation, you will experience more and more exciting choreographies. Soon you will be able to recognize Samurai Sword Fighting not only as BUDO (a martial art), but also as beautiful PERFORMING ARTS.

If you are looking for some exercises to improve your concentration and discipline, or if you are looking for an additional technique for your performing career, this is the right place for YOU!!

Beginners are always welcome!!

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Highlander katana sword fight


Staff vs Sword Fight

Members of Paik's Traditional Martial Arts School of Madison Wisconsin spar with padded weapons for the amusement of diners at a banquet. Clancy on the left uses the samurai sword; Doug on the right uses the bo staff.

Urumi veeshal kalaripayattu | flexible sword fighting | ഉറുമി വീശൽ

Urumi kalaripayattu martial art compitation in Kannur

Learn Sword Fighting 19 - A Joint Lock

All fencing comes from wrestling. So this time we have a wrestling technique for you: a joint lock with the sword (Armringen).


Taejoon Lee: Hwa Rang Do Sword Fighting Demo

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From July 30 to August 7, 2010, the World Hwa Rang Do Association held its 50th-anniversary celebration in Los Angeles. It included black-sash testing; a tournament that attracted practitioners from as far away as Italy; and lectures by Dr. Joo Bang Lee, the art's founder, and Taejoon Lee, the art's grandmaster. For many, the highlight of the 10-day event was Saturday's banquet, which featured a demonstration of hwa rang do grappling and sword fighting, speeches by Joo Bang Lee and Taejoon Lee, and the screening of a broadcast-quality hwa rang do documentary. In this exclusive video shot at the banquet, Grandmaster Taejoon Lee and several of his students demonstrate hwa rang do sword fighting.

Learn Sword Fighting 11 - The Nach

One more for the timing: This time it’s all about the “Nach” (after). Again we demonstrate the principle of Nach with a technique as an example. Simplified Nach means hitting your opponent after he has finished his attack – you have to react.


African Sword Fighting

Sefe Dekote (The Silent Sword) was the praise name of the hero of Soninke epic who fought against the dragon/serpent in order to save his fiancee from being sacrificed to the serpent Bida. He is without a doubt one of my favorite heroes as far as African mythology is concerned and in his honor I have named my sword style after him.
The Sefe Dekote sword style is based on several blade and stick arts practiced in Africa and in the African Diaspora. The style is based on my experiences and indeed reflects my unique experience as an African of the Diaspora/African American/Black/Moorish whatever you want to call it.
In this clip we are showing a flow drill we use in order to express the art as to explore the different techniques and movements...
Sefe Dekote is still in its infancy but it is constantly evolving and growing.
If you would like some more information please contact us at or (512)945-4241.
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Easiest type of sword fighting to learn for beginners?

Here Lucy Easton (Schola Gladiatoria SG5) and Matt Easton (Schola Gladiatoria SG1) consider which type of sword style is easiest to learn for beginners - specifically over the course of the first two months
Sword fighting can be harder or easier to learn based on many factors, such as the weapon type, the system being studied and the teaching method.
This is NOT a statement of what styles of swordsmanship are 'best', or what you should do. Every person wanting to get into HEMA (Historical European Martial Arts) should choose based on their own preferences.
Also, every person's experience in this will be different - some people prefer certain weapons and styles, some people find some weapons come more naturally to them than others. Not all people are the same of course.
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