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The Longsword, or sword in two hands, is the core of Johannes Liechtenauer's combat system. All students of Ottawa Swordplay must complete a novice longsword course before registering for any other weapon courses.
Our longsword curriculum is based on research and interpretation of primary sources. Our core source is the "Jud Lew Fechtbuch," closely supported by the "Ringeck" and "von Danzig" manuscripts.
We offer three levels of longsword training corresponding to ranks in our rank structure.
Click one of the links below to register for one of our longsword courses!
Our young knight program will return in September!
GrosseMesser and arming sword are single-handed weapons that were used for self defense by many classes of medieval society. The arming sword is double-edged. The GrosseMesser (" big knife") is single-edged with a nail-like projection to protect the knuckles.
Our techniques for GrosseMesser are drawn from a number of primary sources, but particularly J. Leckuchner. His illustrated manuscripts are organized in the same way as Liechtenauer, making learning the techniques straightforward.
Fighting with the GrosseMesser brings combatants into closer contact and Leckuchner's teaching reflect that, with grasps and holds being an integral part of working with the Messer. It is an exciting and unique form of swordfighting.
Click the link below to register for the GrosseMesser and Arming Sword course! (Schrankhut Rank or above)
and Arming Sword
Sword & Buckler
Trial by Combat
Kampffechten is the ritualized trial by combat between knights and nobles. Combatants were fully armoured and equipped with spears, swords, and daggers.
We draw our training material for kampffechten from the same primary sources as our longsword curriculum, but supplement it with material from the "Gladiatoria" group of manuscripts. In addition, we occasionally train in Pollaxe techniques associated with the system.
We train these techniques without armour, but considering the effects armour would have (targeting only weak spots and openings) to keep equipment requirements reasonable. We generally train with synthetic weapons rather than steel, as the material has less impact on the techniques than with most other parts of our system.
Click the link to register for our kampffechten course! (Schrankhut Rank or above)
Dagger & Ringen