Swordfighting Stance

The key aim of any combat stance is to be secure and strong. That's true for Navy SEALs as well as martial arts practitioners. You don't want an enemy to be able to throw you off balance.

Here is the "right" stance (as in opposite of left) for swordfighting.

Swordfighting stance

To get into this, you start with your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart. You take a good sized step forward with your left foot. You want at least one "foot length" between the back of your left foot and the heel of your right foot. Also, you want at least a foot length between your two feet. You want to balance your weight so it's evenly spread between both feet.

You want to stay on the balls of your feet for better balance and mobility. Your back foot is at a 45 degree angle to help anchor you, and your carriage / chest is upright, also at about a 45 degree angle. This gives you the ability to rebalance yourself no matter which way your enemy comes at you and pushes you, and also presents a smaller area of attack to your enemy.

I swear one of the martial arts styles I studied along the way had the back foot straight and the front foot curved / slanted so I am always trying to remind myself to keep my front foot STRAIGHT on this. Undoubtedly the reason is in martial arts you want your front leg ready to block a blow, to be at an angle. In swordfighting you want that front leg profile to be as SLIM as humanly possible, so it does NOT get hit by a sharp sword :)

The "left" stance is the mirror image of this -

Swordfighting stance

Audio Files for Sword Footwork Practice

Sword Exercises and Footwork
Parts of a Sword
Medieval Swords and Swordfighting

Medieval Conflict
Medieval Bows and Arrows
Medieval Keeps and Castles
Medieval Weapons

Life in Medieval Days

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


Lisa's Medieval Romances
Seeking the Truth
Knowing Yourself
A Sense of Duty


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