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The Swordsman's Companion Kindle Edition
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The book itself is aimed at those just beginning the practise of Medieval Italian Longsword, though those who have more experience will find some useful information to help their own training regimes.
The exercises are well thought out and are easy to follow, though there are no claims to making an instant swordsman out of any one, the claim that this will help an individual develop if they follow the practises is well founded.
The book covers historical context, theory, mental approach as well as some exercises dealing with wide and close plays, both as solo drills and paired drills.
This is a credit to Guy Windsor and I certainly hope that he follows these books with more of the same. There are too few of this sort of book about for western and medieval martial arts
Windsor does not assume you start with any knowledge on the subject which is a great boon to the beginning
student but his thorough approach lends well also to the experienced practitioner.
If there is anything bad I can say about this text is that is that Windsors most recent books have been of such quality that Swordman's Companion almost looks dated in comparison. Regardless it is still an excellent resource.
I was looking for a book that helped interpret the old sources and provided guidance on practical drills, exercises and techniques. Not all of us in the HEMA world have the patience or inclination to scour over Fiore Dei Liberi’s Flos Duellatorum, or the old German fechtbuchs and work through each of those techniques – if you can, please do! But a book like this can give you a solid grounding in the basics, which is exactly what I was looking for.
Once I’d had a chance to get a feel for the longsword, of course I wanted more, and began to buy English translations of many of the old texts, but I was thankful for Guy’s book, as that helped initiate me into the mysteries.
The Swordsman’s Companion is still one of my two favorite practical books on HEMA
Almost immediately after the event, I picked up a copy of the author's "Duelist's Companion" (another first class manual for beginners), however waited what seemed like an eternity as the Swordsman's Companion. As it was "sold out" at the time.
Having come recently back in stock, and receiving the manual, I was not disappointed. As with his other work, I have found; both manuals to be very thorough and detailed. I find the recommended exorcises and incorporation of fitness extremely valuable. Most importantly though, I have enjoyed the objective based approach and candid writing styles. Compared to other training manuals I have read, I would say Mr. WIndsor's are the best available in the market. Or at the very least, appeals the most to my own personal beliefs and tastes.
I would strongly recommend this work for any one who does not only want best in class knowledge of working swordsmanship, however, people who also want to develop the physical ability to properly and effectively execute Mr. Windsor's interpretations. In the past, I have paid drastically more for less valuable information. I have also paid drastically less, for less valuable information. For the price of this manual, I consider it a must have for any swordsman.
Most recent customer reviews
Great read definitely recommend for anyone wanting to study the longsword.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book by a leading expert. As always the frustrating thing is that if you do not have the face to face interaction with a real life instructor this book is not going to... Read morePublished on 9 July 2015 by D
All you ever wanted to know on the subject. Authoritative and comprehensive. Highly recommended.Published on 1 April 2015 by Graham Watts
Just skim reading at the moment looks promising and already gleamed a few tips. I youtubed the author demonstrating and he didn't look too formidable but hey it was only one clip. Read morePublished on 31 Jan. 2015 by Ren
I am new to long sword and was looking for a book to complement my practice at a local club. I was referred to this by one of my colleagues, and I can say with confidence I was not... Read morePublished on 7 July 2014 by Andrew Kelly
Well written with a focus on students that don't have access to an instructor. I started my swordsmanship training with attending Guy's beginners seminar and buying this book from... Read morePublished on 1 Feb. 2014 by Janne Hurskainen
This book is easy to follow with a lot of information that will answer all question for the new practitioner.Published on 20 Nov. 2013 by Apollon