Free Fundamental Human Maintenance Course

Breathing, Meditation, and Joint Care

Health is the foundation of good training, and a result of good training. We create a virtuous circle: good training habits lead to better health which enables more training, and so on. This short free course introduces you to the foundations of my practice: breathing, meditation, joint maintenance, and simple exercises done carefully.

I have made this course free because I want everyone to be healthy- I can't stand the idea that this crucial information would be kept from any fencer due to financial considerations. If you haven't got your health, you haven't got anything.


Breathing is a fundamental part of being human. You can learn to use your breath to control stress, increase fitness, and improve every aspect of your life.

In this basic introduction I'll give you the core elements of a breathing practice, and help you develop the habit of doing 10 minutes of breathing practice every day. This will help you regulate stress, and achieve your fitness goals much more easily.


Meditation practice enables you to gain control over your state of mind, your level of arousal, and above all teaches you to be able to direct your attention. In this basic session I'll teach you the simplest of all meditation practices.

Arm maintenance

For five years, my arms were wrecked by tendonitis. I even went a whole year without touching a sword, because every time I did, my arms swelled up and I couldn't work.

Then I learned how to look after them properly, a year later switched to teaching swordsmanship full-time.

This section covers the mechanics, massage and strength training that gave me my arms back.

I hope you find it useful; and that you never need it as badly as I did!

Knee/leg maintenance

Are you concerned about the strain that fencing puts on your knees?

Do your joints ever ache during or after practice?

Then this section is for you.

Footwork is the foundation of all swordsmanship. To fence gracefully, your legs must operate smoothly as a well-oiled machine. But many students of the Art of Arms are let down by their knees, hips or ankles. I will take you through the basic principles and practices I use to keep my legs in good working condition.

I intend to be swinging a sword until the day I die. This training is a crucial aspect of making that happen- because if my knees give out, it's over. If you want to look after your joints, this is the place to start. I have designed this section so that you can do it all alone, in a small space, with no special equipment. You can practice anywhere, any time.

And there is a little package of bonus material at the end: some squats and push-ups (yay!), and a discount voucher for the Solo Training course, so you can go deeper and further.

“I can feel the benefits of this course directly. There's this exercise video I have that I really like, but it had been very difficult to follow. I had to pause it regularly to catch a breath, and I would end up feeling overly exhausted if I could finish it at all. But after I took your breathing course, I began to be aware of my breath in the sense that I know and don't forget to inhale and exhale (apparently, you can forget to breathe when doing exercise). Now, I can easily follow the exercise video and feel fresh afterward instead of feeling like I’ve been run over by a truck."

Riri Nitihardjo, Indonesia (describing the full breathing course)

Your Instructor

Guy Windsor
Guy Windsor

I have been training martial arts for 30 years, and teaching swordsmanship professionally since I founded The School of European Swordsmanship in 2001. The School has branches and study groups all over the world, so I have taught thousands of students, from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures. My books include The Swordsman’s Companion, The Duellist’s Companion, The Medieval Dagger, The Medieval Longsword, The Theory and Practice of Historical Martial Arts, and The Swordsman's Quick Guide series of ebooks along with many others. It's my job to help you achieve your goals. I do this by teaching in person, through my books, and through these online courses.

"I found that sitting down all day and typing at a keyboard with poor posture for years had set me on a path of knee, wrist, ankle and shoulder troubles. If you use a computer as the main part of your working life then I highly recommend this course where Guy provides clear instruction, and ample information to absorb and understand the 'how and why' of what you are doing. It covers all of the things I needed to know to release me from the torments of the knee and wrist and if working at a desk is causing you physical discomfort, I highly recommend it."Curtis Fee

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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