Swordfighting Diagonal and Slope

Diagonal and Slope are both ways to slide forward and sideways without changing stance or direction. You start in the standard right stance -

Swordfighting stance

For diagonal, you move diagonally in the direction of your forward foot. So in a right stance, that means you move forward and right.

A slope is the opposite - you move diagonally away from the direction of your forward foot. So in a right stance, you move back and left.

For both movements the carriage must stay upright. No leaning or swaying which leads to off balance.

Note I have not officially learned these moves yet so I will update my notes once I have!

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Academy of Knightly Arts - Live Sword Training School in New England


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