German longsword of the Liechtenauer tradition, from the 14th and 15th centuries, is characterised by how it strives for effectiveness, lethality, and control of timing of the fight. At our longsword classes in Glasgow, we teach an authentic historical method of sword fighting, with a liberal dose of modern teaching science, to provide the best and most effective learning environment.
The longsword is a weapon that is held with both hands on the grip, where the hands are protected by a long crossguard. The blade is long and double-edged (so that strikes can be made with both the front and back edges) and terminates in a sharp point (so that thrusts can be made too). Longswords were not particularly heavy, and 1.6 kg (slightly more than 3 lbs) is not an unreasonable weight for such a sword.
Many fencing masters wrote treatises describing how to fight with the longsword, and it is from these sources that we are able to reconstruct the system as a modern martial art today, where we practise with modern safety gear and training equipment. Safety of participants is a high priority, as is authentic interpretation of this historical system.
Feel free to come along to one of our regular weekly classes and have a go, or even sit and watch a session to see if it would be of interest to you. Send us an email if you would like to ask us any questions beforehand, or just swing by and speak to the instructor on the night.