At Prima Spada our smallsword syllabus is based on the works of Domenico Angelo (1763) and is endorsed by the Australian Academy of Fencing. This means that while developing a high degree of skill and finesse in the use of a very technical and precise weapon students are also able to progress through a nationally approved syllabus and obtain officially recognised levels of Personal Proficiency.
Evolving from heavier and longer rapier of the late Renaissance, the smallsword is both shorter and lighter than its predecessor. This lends to combat that utilises an extraordinary degree of precision as the light weapon moves with exceptional ease in the hand. For these reasons the smallsword was an incredibly effective and deadly weapon.
Prima Spada teaches smallsword in both an Exhibition form - ideal for the performance and emphasis of the variety of beautiful yet complex actions that the weapon encourages - and a more vigorous and competitive form through which our students engage in more high-intensity combat situations that offer a realistic and energetic experience.
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Prima Spada School of Fence adopts principles from a variety of sources in all of our historical fencing. This adoption of principles and actions from a variety of manuals allows Prima Spada students the opportunity to practice a comprehensive view of swordplay which focuses on the wider, more universal aspects of swordplay for a more fully rounded development of their skills.