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The Swordsman's Companion by [Windsor, Guy]
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About the Author

Born in Cambridge, England in 1973, Mr Windsor has studied many forms of European fencing. He has also studied Akido, T'ai Chi Chuan, and Okinawan Kobudo. Together with Paul MacDonald he is a founder of the Dawn Duellists Society and is the founder and director of the Helsinki School of European Swordsmanship.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6647 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
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  • Publisher: School of European Swordsmanship; 2 edition (7 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FPK4YKM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
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By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2004
Format: Paperback
This book is well written and avoids much of the diversions of other books that have been printed in this field.
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
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this is the best introduction into western swordsmanship i have seen to date. it gives you all the fundamental theory and practical drills that actually work. i have read many books on this martial art, but this book got me started on the right track.
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I have the original edition and the updated version and I recommend it to any of my students looking to start.

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.
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I’ve been an admirer of esteemed Swordsman Guy Windsor’s scholarly and practical achievements in Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) for over a decade. In the early 2000s I was the Study Group Leader for ARMA DC and we used this book “The Swordsman’s Companion” as one of our two main study guides to train with the Longsword. His interpretations and advice are first class.

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
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Having done kendo for a while and some fencing you'd think I had a basic grasp of the principles of swordsmanship. however this is the first book I have read that actually outlines the basics of fencing in an easy to understand and accessable way. the book is clearly written by a man passionate for his art and who has devoted much time and thought to his study; as much a philosphor as a martial artist. begining from basic theory, and a brief history the author works his way through basic training drills and techniques to some of the more difficult and varied ways to handle the european longsword either with one in your hands or not! each technique is laid out in an easy to understand manner and with plenty of detailed and usfull pictures. all though specifically for the longsword parts of the manual would be usefull for swords people of any period and culture
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My first experience with Mr. Windsor was during the 2011 Vancouver International Sword Symposium. Although I did not have the good sense at the time to attend any of his lessons (I was, at the time, and largely still am, very novice), I was impressed with the snippets that I had over heard. Later during the event, I had the opportunity to witness Mr. Windsor demonstrate his knowledge of the art first hand. Needless to say, I was very impressed. Which lead me to question the approach to some of my previous teachings.

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.
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