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The art of longsword fighting comes to Cuesta College

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Blackfriar's School of Fence is bringing the art of longsword to Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo.

The four-hour class is part of the second Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) Saturday sessions in the Spring series of monthly workshops at the college. Attendees will learn about medieval martial arts culture while being introduced to basic body mechanics, movement, cutting, defense, and grappling with a sword.

HEMA aims to teach and practice techniques from different periods of European history. 

"[W]e're doing Longsword combat, specifically the German tradition. This is taught by a master named Johannes Liechtenauer who lived around the late 1300 [to] 1400's," explained Albert Toberer, owner and instructor at Blackfriar's School of Fence. "...and so what we do is a series of drills and then some light controlled sparring, with proper sporting equipment. The focus though is recreating a fight system based off history and written manuals."

The class will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 3 at Cuesta College's San Luis Obispo campus in room 1105. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and bring a snack, as this is a martial arts workshop.  Equipment will be provided.

To learn more about Blackfriar's School of Fence, visit: facebook.com/blackfriarswordschool.

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