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Rez Johnson with three of his Longsword students
Mississippi Academy of Arms offers instruction in several styles
of Historical Swordsmanship, one of which is the
German Langschwert or Longsword.
The Longsword was a European
weapon originally used
by knights and military men during the late Medieval ages through
the Renaissance (c. 1250 to 1550 AD). Longswords
had long cruciform hilts with grips six inches or more in
length and straight double-edged blades which were usually
over thirty-five inches in length or longer. They weighed
between 2 and 4.5 pounds.
longsword was primarily a two handed weapon which could also
be handled single handed if necessary. The longsword was
cutting, and thrusting and all of its
parts (blade, crossguard, and pommel) were used
for offensive purposes. Half-swording (like two-handed stick fighting),
locks, grappling, and take downs were all a part of Longsword training.
main style of Longsword taught at the Mississippi Academy
of Arms is the German School of Longsword, primarily the
Liechtenauer method upon which Talhoffer later based his martial
"In the year 1389 we find the first written evidence of
a fencing master who shaped the way of fighting with
this weapon for a very long time." Johannes Liechtenauer formulated
martial art around the use of the Longsword.
His method included fighting in armor as well as on foot
and on Horseback. There is no surviving
manual written by Liechtenauer, however several of his
students wrote copied his cryptic verses and wrote short
explanations to them.
Long sword technique we use primarily five surviving fencing
the teaching of Liechtenauer: Peter von Danzig, Hans von Speyer,
Eucliv, Sigmund Ringeck, and an anonymous work known under
the title Goliath. As secondary sources we use the fencing
manuals of Johachim Myer and the House Book which is generally
attributed to the Priest Hanko Döbringer. Every reconstruction
of an historical fighting art can only represent the current
state of research. Even though we can be sure about the principles
of the art thanks to the many sources it’s possible
that new sources we may find in the future will offer
different points of view on certain aspects."
Thursdays: 7:30 - 8:30 pm (Ages: 13 & Up)
more information about how you can study this fascinating
historical weapon and other Western Martial Arts at
the Mississippi Academy of Arms contact
martial arts, as in life, the real winner is not the person who
defeats another human opponent, but rather the person who defeats
his own inadequacies, who develops self-discipline and self-control
over his own thoughts, tongue, attitude, and actions. Who aspires
to continually improve himself to become a better martial artist,
and more importantly a better person, by developing the traditional
Christian virtues and character traits of honesty, integrity,
courtesy, reliability, loyalty, patience, perseverance and genteel
manners. Who chooses to live his life, in all he does, both public
and private, honorably in accordance with this code of conduct.
This is the true meaning of The Code of Honor. Without this code
of honor a martial art is reduced to a mere sport with no inherent
life-changing values to contribute. The Code of Honor is considered
paramount in the USTFA and at the Mississippi Academy of Arms." Rez