Kunst des Fechtens (KdF) Training Manuals
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Kdf Curriculum Guides
These guides were originally written as reference resources for instructors, but they make for a reliable review and study guides for students as well. These will be updated as instructors update them, adding more drills and refining content. TSG's KdF three phase curriculum follows Liechtenauer's zettel.
KdF Phase 1a - Beginner's Class
- Intro Class Requirements
- Phase 1-1 Class Structure
- Phase 1-2 Hengen
- Phase 1-3 Cutting and Thrusting
- Phase 1-4 Binding
- Phase 1-5 Hengen Defense
KDF Phase 1B - Zufechten
Zufechten class is designed to help new students learn to take basic skills and apply them in an uncertain
environment. Here we learn the basic principles of approaching a fight, managing distance, and making
- Zufechten Class Requirements
- Phase 1-6 Nachreissen
- Phase 1-7 Vier Blossen
- Phase 1-8 Basic Defense
- Phase 1-9 Sparring
KdF Phase 2
Phase 2 of TSG's curriculum covers the core basics of Liechtenauer's system, binding, winding, and hengen. It covers the absetzen, hengen, and zornhau sections of the zettel.
KdF Phase 3
Phase 3 of TSG's KdF curriculum covers the Vier Versetzen, the remaining of the five strikes. We focus first on how they are used against the guards, then we use the plays associated with each of the strikes to learn the rest of Liechtenauer's chief techniques (hauptstucke). Phase 3 curriculum guides are still under development, though they will always be more general than what we see in the previous phases since our study here is much more rooted in the texts themselves.