Syllabus 2011-2013, for reference

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The Syllabus went through a major update in summer 2013: this is how it used to look:

The Basic syllabus is divided into parts one and two, for grading purposes. For guidance on this, please refer to our Training Guide 2011 printable booklet. The wiki is updated much faster than the booklet, so when they disagree, it is safest to assume the wiki is correct. Feel free to print this out, or distribute it unaltered in any form- it's there to be used!

Solo exercises

Unarmed pair exercises

  • Testing the guards using pressure, grounding exercise
  • Basic falling in pairs
  • Abrazare



The basic Fiore longsword syllabus is the most evolved of all the school's syllabi; it has been a work in progress for over ten years. At its core lie two forms: the cutting drill, and the syllabus form, and four pair drills, known as first, second, the exchange and the break. These pair drills represent the four most common variations on defence: against a cut, covering from right and left, against a thrust on the opposite side, and against a thrust from the mirror side. These have (usually) four steps to them: the attack, the initial defence (remedy), the attacker's counter (counter-remedy) and the defender's counter to the counter (counter-counter-remedy). These drills should be memorised in their basic form, as they become the foundation of the development of the student's skills. By doing all four drills as both defender and attacker, the student will cover defence from right and left, attacking from right and left, defence against cut and thrust, and attacking with cut and thrust. Using the standard variation multipliers, which include the four crossings drill, changing the starting guards, changing the counter-remedy etc., the student can find a rational way to recreate every play in the system, and connect that play in memory to one or other of the foundational drills.

* The salute

Solo Drills

The 12 guards

Pair Drills

The Four Basic Drills

Variations and Multipliers

The Syllabus Day seminar held on Dec 10th 2011 included a visual representation of the syllabus, done one a whiteboard. That data has been transferred to a pdf which can be downloaded from here: [1].

  • Syllabus 2011-2013, for reference