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