I believe that deep down, everyone wants to learn how to swordfight. When we are kids, many of us picked up sticks or wrapping paper rolls and swung them around pretending they were swords. Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) clubs offer a fantastic opportunity for anyone to learn how to sword fight.
Unfortunately for many HEMA clubs, longsword does not appeal to everyone. Personally, I did not have much interest in longsword when I started and was fortunate enough to have an instructor who wanted to study sword and buckler (particularly I.33). I was hooked. So hooked that I wanted to start a blog to talk about it!
So for those who are interested in sword fighting but are not interested in longsword, let me offer you the opportunity to study sword and buckler combat through the teachings found in I.33, also known as the “Tower Fechtbuch” or the “Walpurgis Manuscript”. It is a fencing manual written in the early 14th century and focuses exclusively on sword and buckler combat.
Below are my top 3 reasons you should consider studying sword and buckler through I.33!
Sword fighting is a great and fun way to get some exercise and learn some history. Sword and buckler is my personal favorite system to teach and learn. I find that I.33 offers a great challenge, both physically and mentally, and always leaves me wanting more. I feel like no one can every truly master I.33 but with a lot of studying and practice, you can be the dual-wielding, medieval hat wearing, physically fit and historically sophisticated swashbuckler you have always wanted to be!
For more information about I.33, check out the Royal Armouries' article about it!