The Complete Rapier Course

Learn basic actions to advanced rapier and dagger actions in the style of Capoferro.

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“As someone who never had martial arts training I found the videos very useful. The instructions are very detailed and help me a lot in understanding body mechanics. Most importantly, you cover all the basics that a beginner needs to know, and that's very important.”

Riri Nitihardjo, Jakarta, Indonesia (referring to several other Swordshool course she has taken)

The rapier is a glorious weapon from the most romantic age, and chief among its exponents was the legendary Ridolfo Capoferro, who wrote his "Great Representation of the Art and Use of Fencing" in 1610.

In this course you will learn his style of swordsmanship from the ground up, starting with basic actions of the body and the sword, and gradually progressing through the system until you are proficient with the sword alone, and with the sword and dagger together. We also cover sword and cape!

You are not alone: course participants are encouraged to video their progress in 'challenges' at the end of the classes, and share that video with Guy, and (if you like) with the rest of the students, for helpful feedback.

At the end of the course you will be able to fence well with the sword alone, with the sword and dagger, and have all the necessary tools to become proficient with any off-hand weapon (cape, rotella, etc.) and to create your own interpretation of this rapier source, and any other that may be available in a language you can read.

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.

Course Curriculum

  Part Two: The Fundamentals
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  Part Three: Actions on the Blade
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  Part Four: Completing the Basics
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  Bonus Material
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“I've been using Dr. Windsor's Complete Rapier Course as a learning and teaching guide for almost a year now. It's improved my own understanding of Capoferro immensely. Even more importantly, it's given me tremendous insight on how to teach my students how to appreciate the art of historic rapier. I return to material I've watched constantly to learn, and to learn how to teach. An invaluable resource for any HEMA student and coach. Could not recommend more highly.”

Matthew Hooper

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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.