Swordfighting Empty Fade

Empty Fade is a way to trick your enemy into thinking you are retreating. You start in the standard right stance -

Swordfighting stance

You do a normal fade - i.e. you slightly raise your back foot and launch yourself straight backwards from your forward foot. However, when you land, you don't put your weight on your front foot and settle into a guard. Instead, you launch yourself forwards again with your back foot (the one you just landed on) to do an attack lunge.

For this movement 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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