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Italian Rapier

Sunday classes start begin at 4 pm with Pilates for Fencers. This optional half hour exercise program is designed to develop the core muscles and flexibility needed for fencing. It is especially important for rapier, as the postures tend to be more strenuous than other weapon styles.

At 4:30 we begin the rapier class. A rapier is a long, one-handed weapon that can cut but is optimized for the thrust. Generally considered a civilian’s weapon, elaborate rapiers were often worn by both the noble and merchant classes.

For the basics we’ll be drawing heavily from L’Ange’s Lessons on the Thrust. This 1664 manual echoes the teachings of Fabris, Capoferro, and Giganti; but presents it in an easier to follow format.

Handouts will be provided in class. For additional reading you may purchase Lessons on the Thrust from Amazon or Purpleheart Armory.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you’ll be encouraged to focus on a specific style. This will be your opportunity to explore these historic manuals both alone and with the group.

Equipment we provide

  • Steel rapier

  • Fencing mask

  • Gorget

  • Plastic chest protector*

Equipment you must purchase

  • Groin protection (men only, required for all contact drills)

  • Fencing jacket (required for sparring)

*: Due to the wide variety of chest sizes, we can only provide men’s chest protectors. Women purchasing a chest protector will receive a discount on their membership dues as compensation.

Signup on our Meetup page for Sunday afternoon practice.