The lessons in Highland Broadsword
are designed to help you learn the fundamentals of broadsword fighting, with an emphasis on developing practical skills, not
on exploring the esoteric details of broadsword fencing theory.
In the first part of the book, Christopher Thompson—who is the author of Highland Knife Fighting
and Highland Martial Culture
, and runs the Cateran Society Broadsword Academy in Portland, Maine—instructs you in the essentials of Highland swordsmanship, including stances, grips, footwork, and blade actions. After you've mastered these skills, you can test what you've learned with the free fencing and bouting exercises found in part two before moving on to the disarm maneuvers and advanced fighting techniques in part three.
can be used as a self-study guide by groups or by individuals with a training partner. While designed for the broadsword, the techniques in this manual
also work with the backsword and singlestick. This is a must-read for anyone interested in the historical use of Highland weapons or in the Western martial arts in general.