go from clumsy beginner to graceful fencer in 20 minutes a day

How Do You Tell a Clumsy Beginner and a
Graceful Fencer Apart?

Many swordfighting enthusiasts find that after a few classes they begin to be able to spot the difference between a newer swordsman and a more experienced one. Mostly what you’re seeing there is the footwork: the fluidity of their movements, the speed and grace with which they end up where they’re aiming to be.

Of course, when my first fencing coach (more than thirty years ago now!) explained this to me, I was tempted to brush it aside – particularly when she insisted that I go through a load of footwork drills before I actually got to hit anyone with a sword! She was right, though, and I’ve always been grateful to her: those drills laid the foundation for my whole career, and learning how to move in such a fluid, graceful way early on has saved me countless injuries. 

Footwork is as important to a swordfighter as form is to a weightlifter, and developing good footwork skills will improve your swordsmanship immeasurably. You’ll move more confidently, strike with more power, and look more impressive while doing it.

It also doesn’t take that long: I usually see noticeable results in all my students by the end of the first class, and within the first month almost everyone displays a very clear improvement to their ability to move.

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In Fact, There are Tons of Benefits to Focusing on Your Footwork:

You’ll learn the most important things to practice and the best ways to practice them, saving you months of wasted effort figuring it out on your own.

You’ll feel stronger and more confident on your feet, which will free up your mind to focus on other aspects of training.

You’ll miss fewer striking opportunities, and you’ll stop feeling like you weren’t in quite the right place at quite the right time during a bout.

You’ll significantly reduce muscle soreness after training, and learn how to look after your joints better for years to come.

You’ll get a real sense of progressing in skill and technique, and feel yourself taking leaps toward mastering the art.

You’ll find a way to keep moving forward with your training between classes, or even if you can’t get to an in-person session at all – which is especially useful in these months of lockdown and uncertainty.

So What’s the Best Way to Improve Your Footwork?

You could always do what I did in the 90s, which was to teach myself 14th century Italian so that I could study the manuscripts of Fiore dei Liberi. There was more to it than that, of course – I travelled across Europe to meet other scholars, practiced for hours on end, and generally obsessed over it for a good twenty years or so. As a life choice it has a lot to recommend it, and I don’t regret it for a moment.

Alternatively you could take my online course, for less than the price of a single in-person lesson. 

Don’t get me wrong, I had some great times in Italy! But if this course had been available when I’d started…well, I’d have spent a lot less time getting headaches over the manuscripts. I’ve put this together so that you can benefit from my research without having to reinvent the wheel, and I’m excited to share it with you.

If You Have Some Space to Move In, You Can Develop Your Longsword Footwork At Home

I’ve taught this course to hundreds of students in person, and I’ve had the great joy and honour of watching them transform into better fencers. Some of the most important principles I teach are ones that you can learn at home – which is why I’m offering this version of my course online, including everything you need to improve your footwork and reap the rewards.

It doesn’t require any equipment at all – not even a sword! – and you can learn at your own pace. All you need is a little room to move in. What I teach is a specific, time-honoured and well-researched practice – so if you’ve never picked up a sword this will help you get started strong, and if you have a few years of learning under your belt I’ll be able to show you some ways to practice you probably haven’t seen before.

Imagine What It Would Be Like To...

–  Spend just minutes practicing properly, rather than months trying to learn the proper techniques.
–  Feel strong and confident on your feet.
–  Miss fewer striking opportunities because your feet let you down.
–  Avoid joint pain and soreness after training.
–  Feel like your training is progressing and you’re literally stepping in the direction of mastery.

You can have all of these things with my Longsword Footwork class.

How Do I Know Longsword Footwork Works?

I’ve been refining this class for years, and have taught the same principles and practices to hundreds of students in person, and watched them transform into better fencers.

I use the exact same approach in my own training.

The class encapsulates decades of research, training, and hard work.

Why are you going to love my Longsword Footwork Class? It will:
 –  Save you hours of wasted time trying to learn everything on your own
 –  Make you feel stronger and more confident on your feet
 –  Improve your fencing by improving your ability to get to the right place
     at the right time
 –  Allow you to practice in your own time at your own pace
 –  Help you properly recover so you can train for years to come

But don’t just take my word for it…

Here's What My Students Have To Say...

Andrew Lawrence-king

5/5

Guy’s approach, as one would expect from a martial artist, is thoroughly ‘down to earth’ and 100% practical, first sharing some quickly effective and easily acquired basic skills, and then guiding you through deeper experiences.

5/5

Since I don't have a HEMA club near me, these online courses have been very helpful in guiding my friend and I as we begin practicing together. The videos are very conversational and feel much like being in an actual class where Guy explains the theory behind what he's doing as he's demonstrating it

David tehan

matthew hooper

5/5

I return to material I've watched constantly to learn, and to learn how to teach. An invaluable resource for any HEMA student and coach. Could not recommend more highly.

With My Longsword Footwork Class, You'll Get:

The SAME techniques that I use and teach my students in-person.

On-demand training material. Train when and where you want.

Decades of research and development encapsulated in one easy to follow class.

Peace of mind that you are learning and implementing the correct techniques to excel in your training.

But that’s not all…

Join The Longsword Footwork Class Now and Get These FREE Bonuses!

BONUS #1: Knee Maintenance Course

Health first, always. Good training is good for you, and for most students that starts with taking care of their legs. There’s a saying in sports “you’re only as good as your knees”. Whatever condition your knees are in now, this course will help you get them in better shape, and keep them that way for as long as possible.

BONUS #2: Fencing Theory eBook

This 30 page eBook covers Fencing theory which is the intellectual, abstract structure that fencers use to describe, define, and explain their art.

BONUS #3: Access To The Swordschool Discord Group

Join the Swordschool Discord group and join a helpful and supportive community of swordsmanship enthusiasts.

It’s a great place to meet new people, get help and advice and learn directly from me and some of my top students.

BONUS #4: $100 Off Coupon Fundamentals: Footwork course

If this Longsword footwork class sparks an interest in footwork training, you’ll love the Fundamentals: Footwork course.

BONUS #5: Longsword Mechanics eBook

This 100+ page eBook goes into depth and detail regarding Fiore’s Longsword footwork, guards, and strikes. It includes images, transcription and translation of the original text, as well as links to video clips of all the actions. 

This Package Is An Incredible Bargain.

So why am I giving away so much material for free?

It’s simple. I’m sure that using these materials will make you a better longsword fencer, and a better martial artist. 

A rising tide lifts all boats- your improvement is part of raising the game for the whole swordsmanship community. There are all sorts of knock-on benefits for everyone.

And in these troubled times, most people have to be very careful with their money. So I want to make sure that you have access to the materials you need, at a price you can afford.

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If not now, then when? You’ve made it this far so I know you’re interested in improving your footwork. I’m not sure how long I’ll be offering this class at this price with all of the special bonuses, so do join us now.

100% Risk-Free Guarantee All of this for just a one-time payment of $25 and, if you're unhappy I'll send you a stress-free refund.

FAQ

Do I need any special equipment to participate in this Class?

No, this class is designed for you to be able to practice in your living room with no equipment at all.

what if I have never practiced any type of swordsmanship?

Not a problem! This course is a great introduction to the art and will help you get started in a safe and effective way.

if I get stuck can I get help?

Yes, if you are having trouble then you can talk to me and your fellow students in the discord or email me directly.

WHAT IF THIS ISN'T FOR ME?

In the unlikely event that you are unhappy with your purchase, just drop me an email and I’ll refund your order, no questions asked.

Hi, I'm Guy Windsor

I look forward to sharing my expertise with you! I've been training martial arts for 30 years and teaching the Art of Arms full-time since founding The School of European Swordsmanship back in 2001. I've written numerous classic books about the art of swordsmanship which helped me obtain my PhD in recreating historical martial arts from Edinburgh University. I spend my days teaching students in-person and online about the things that I'm most passionate about and I can't wait for you to be a part of it!

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Meditation for Martial Artists Course (Originally $129) - $47
Meditation is a crucially important practice for martial artists. It enables you to gain control over your state of mind, your level of arousal, and above all teaches you to be able to direct your attention. This course will teach you four different types of meditation so you can discover what works best for you.

Here’s what I’m offering for a
one-time payment of $25:

If you skipped all that background above, here’s the bit you want to read!

The full Longsword Footwork course, which will be yours immediately and forever. The same techniques that I use myself and teach to my in-person students, delivered via on-demand training videos that you can follow along with when and where you want.

Access to the SwordSchool Discord group, where I’ll be able to address your queries personally and get to know you a little better. You’ll also be able to meet some of my top students, access help and advice from other trainees, and join in with our supportive community of swordsmanship enthusiasts.

A bonus Knee Maintenance Course, to help you look after the health of your knees as you train and ensure that your training is beneficial for your joints rather than being hard on them.

My 30-page Fencing Theory ebook, which explains the theory behind fencing: the abstract structure fencers use to describe, define and explain the art. This is a great introduction to some basic concepts you’ll want to think more about as you progress with fencing.

My 100-page Longsword Mechanics ebook, where I go into real depth about Fiore’s longsword footwork, guards and strikes. It includes images, translations and transcriptions of original manuscripts, and links to video clips to all the actions described - it’s essentially a part of the thesis I wrote following all those years of study.

A $100 off coupon for my other footwork course, Fundamentals: Footwork. If this Longsword Footwork course leaves you wanting to learn more about footwork training, Fundamentals: Footwork is your next step.

All of this for just a one-time payment of $25 and, if it's not for you I'll send you a stress-free refund.