Intro to Broken Plow & Sword Fighting
This introduction will help you into the fold here at Pittsburgh Sword Fighters. We spend four week preparing you for sword studies before passing you off to a 101 class.
Information on the intro class can be found here!
Longsword 101 is designed as an ongoing cycle to teach basic Longsword fighting techniques. This class includes consistent review of the basics and introduction base concepts. The overall topics of this class run on a 2-month cycle; however, you will not take the same class every two months. On average, students require 4-6 months to prepare for the test that grants access to the Level 200 classes.
Level 100 pods are additional small-group intensive classes for students at this level. These typically hold 4-6 students and last for about 30 minutes. These classes are designed to address various needs in areas surrounding technique, fitness, and movement. Pods are usually priced at $5 per pod but this can vary if additional materials are required to run a pod, such as tatami mats for test cutting.
Longsword 201 is the entry level class after passing your first test. L101 and the 100 series pods are designed to prepare you for both the test and to be an effective participant in L201. This series of classes is designed to take students from basic fencing to common fencing. Common fencing is the term that we use when referring to a skilled and competent fencer.
Longsword 200 pods will build on and add to the pods of the 100 level. The basic size, structure, and cost will remain the same, but the concepts will be beyond the basic level.
Longsword 251: Tournament Fighting & Sparring Games is a class that breaks from our study of the martial art and addresses tournament competition. Tournaments can be a great stress test for technique but they are also a game of skill. This class will help you understand and improve your skill in tournament fighting. This class requires a minimum of 6-months in L201, approval from your L201 instructor, and an invitation to the class.
Longsword 301: KDF Once students pass the test that unlocks access to the Longsword 300 classes, students will begin studying plays from specific manuals under the guidance of an instructor. This class is designed to cyclically work through one KDF historical manual and begin to familiarize students with the process of interpretation.
Additional classes, study groups, and pods are planned at the 300 level as students are ready to explore different manuals and paired forms.