Rapier (Rapier and Dagger,
Smallsword, Long Rapier and Dagger)
Rapier fencing is taught at all of our locations and is our main
form. We recommend that students start with this form because aspects
of it are used in all of our forms.
For our regular rapier fighting classes, we use double-wide epee
blades on a hilt assembly that is very close to the historical rapiers
used in Europe around 1650 AD. In modern fencing, the cross piece
in our hilt would qualify it as an Italian grip. The quillions extend
past the hilt and can be used to block or trap the opponent's blade.
We choose to use double-wide epee blades because they retain their
stiffness during combat to simulate the physics of an actual rapier,
and they are flexible enough to not be dangerous when thrusting
at an opponent. These factors make our weapons both accurate and
safe to use while sparring.
Rapier fencing is taught in the same manner that a martial art
would be taught in. We place emphasis on self defense and balance
rather than killing the opponent. These differences are the largest
factors that set our form apart from sport fencing's epee.
More advanced students begin to use a main gauche (dagger) in their
offhand to make sparring even more intense. Advanced students may
also learn to use a smallsword or a long rapier and dagger.
Ookami Kenjutsu ()
Eddie Floyd approaches this form as unarmored, civilain
dueling with solid footwork, sparring, and cutting exercises. We
are also proud to announce that at our Kennesaw location, we are
introducing a new weapon to make our techniques more realistic while
not sacrificing safety.
The new practice katana used in this class was designed by
Eddie Floyd and is made of kydex plastic. It has the same curve
that a katana would have and therefore has a more accurate balance.
The practice katanas can also also flex from thrusting adding a
new element to katana sparring that was not previously possible
without the possibily of injury.
This class meets twice a month in Kennesaw, GA. Some equipment
is required to begin and additional armor will be necessary as you
advance. No experience is necessary and there are no contracts.
Sword and Shield
We don't currently have a meeting sword and shield class, but several
of our students have been putting equipment together to get a class
started. Please let us know if you would be interested in attending
such a class, and we may be able to get this class started sooner.