The I realize that Girard, Themes and Variations may seem a bit vague so let me give you a taste of some of the particulars that you can expect.
Part One will start of with an introduction to Girard and his method. We will consider his perspective and some of the core principles and considerations that form the basis of his text. This would include his key attacks, parries, often assisted by the off hand, ripostes and movement.
Part Two will look at Tempo and Girard's ways of taking Tempo from the opponent.
Part Three and Four will look at how Girard handles opponents who stand still, rush in or retreat with different tactics.
Peasants and Germans and Flails OH MY! will address Girard's advice for opposing mixed weapons. These include rapiers, spadroons/sabers, pikes, bayonets, two-handed smallsword and the deadly and often misunderstood flail.
All these classes will be taught by Mr. Crawley with the assistance of many of our usual collection of top rank international instructors.
Yours truly will offer a warm up suitable for a Sunday morning after a Saturday night focusing on how period dance exercises can improve performance and understanding of smallsword technique.
The Tournament will as always be structured to test the ability to fence in the style of the featured theme i.e., Girard.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.