The next time you need to storm the castle gates, you'll want to use your sword. Here are some simple tips to win like Errol Flynn.
: Whether your weapon of choice is an epee or a Hattori Hanzo, be careful! Wear protective clothing, and only use swords that are designed for sport.
Step 1: Be agile and accurate Before facing your foe, practice agility drills, so you can move easily. Remove your sword from your scabbard, and familiarize yourself with its reach, strength, and grip, curling your fingers loosely around the hilt. Practice moving the sword in a number of directions to become familiar with its balance and handling when used.
Step 2: Know the conditions Survey your surroundings just before you begin fighting. If you're on hilly terrain, make for high ground, minding the slope beneath you so you can keep your footing.
TIP: Practice in a variety of conditions so you're unfazed by fog, rain, or shooting arrows.
Step 3: Mind your opponent Take stock of your opponent's strengths and weaknesses. Pay attention to their size and temperament, which can impact their agility, power, and susceptibility to childish name-calling.
Step 4: Stand and deliver Keep your feet shoulder-width apart for better balance, and unsheathe your sword as quickly as possible, so you'll be ready if your opponent rushes in.
TIP: Face your foe sideways to provide them with a smaller target.
Step 5: Relax Stay relaxed. Sure, your opponent's trying to eviscerate you, but if you keep your composure, you'll be ready to pounce on their tiniest mistake.
Step 6: Attack! The moment your opponent hesitates or is off-balance, attack! Swing the blade smoothly and extend your arms fully to project the blow at your foe. Avoid keeping them stretched out for too long, since you can't hold a sword if someone cuts off your limbs.
FACT: There are more than 50 movies about the swashbuckling sword-fighter Robin Hood.