Case

The purpose of the Case lesson is to learn the techniques and principles of wielding two swords at the same time.

For Teachers

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Safety

Gauging and Breaking Shots are techniques that we use to prevent hard shots, or attacks that may hurt someone. These techniques should be practiced both at practice and at home to develop familiarity and muscle memory.

Wielding Case (Two Swords)

Case is our term for wielding two rapiers at the same time. Having a second sword gives you additional offensive ability, but only if you can learn to use them in tandem.

Keep your Blades on Different Levels

The first thing you want to do is keep your blades at different levels. In other words, don’t have your swords side by side. This broadens your range of blocking and striking while also keeping your blades free from tangling with one another. You can do this by keeping one sword high and one low and always keeping your point on line.

Blocker & Striker

Even though both swords have offensive capabilities, one is supposed to be on defense. We call it having a blocker and a striker. One sword is going to be your offensive sword and the other will focus on defending you. This is great because you can now defend and attack at the same time versus needing to switch between the two when you only had one sword. Throughout the fight, your blocker and striker may switch roles depending on the situation.

Mix Things Up

One of the biggest strengths of Case is its ability to mix things up. Try to be fluid with your actions and combine motions into deadly strings of attacks and defense.

Use in Melee

In a melee setting, someone wielding case is a formidable opponent indeed. They typically become defensive strong points in a line and can take many blades at once. This leaves their team mates free to go in for a kill. They are also strong offensive players when leading a charge or cavalry unit to eliminate a specific person or unit. Fighting against someone with Case means you need to be on the defensive. Be aware of both blades and try to keep your blade as free as possible.

Journal Prompt

How does wielding two swords compare to a single sword? Is there a different mentality required when using two swords?

Teacher Resources

Explain

Explain the following techniques and why we use them. Emphasize that it is easier to prevent a hard shot than it is to break a hard shot.

  • Keeping Blades on Different Levels
  • Blocker & Striker
  • Mixing Things Up
  • Case in Melees

Demonstrate

Demonstrate the use of case and how it can be used in a duel or melee. Demonstrate how to switch roles from Blocker to Striker and how to keep blades on different levels.

Guide

After demonstrating, walk the students through each principle and help them understand the process. Show them how to hold their swords so they won’t get tied up and how transition each sword from Blocker to Striker. 

Enable

At this stage, each Initiate should be able to wield case on their own. Run through the following drill or challenge before finishing:

Case Drill

Have each student find a partner, both wielding case. Each student will then alternate attacking their partner with a single sword. The student receiving the shot will block with only one of the blades, and return with an attack using the other. Repeat as necessary.

Case Challenge (Call and Switch)

Have each student find a partner, both wielding case. Each student will determine which sword will be the Blocker and which will be the Blocker. Afterwards, each pair will begin dueling, acknowledging shots but not stopping. Randomly, the Teacher will call out, “Switch!” and all students will then switch the roles of their swords from Blocker to Striker and vice versa

Ready to move on?

You’ve completed the Case lesson! Let’s take the basics to a new level with Advanced Blocks.