Online Learning – Winter Session 2021

Classes and assignments will be administered through Google Classrooms with weekly lesson plans released Wednesdays and live group video meetings on Sundays 7-9pm Eastern Time (4-6pm Pacific).

Saber/Broadsword in the Roworth Style

January 6 - April 25, 2021

Instructor:  Ryan Shapiro

In his 1798 treatise, Charles Roworth presents instruction on combat with a Broadsword and Saber, as the foundation for his practice of British military infantry swordsmanship. This is believed to be one of the earliest written depictions of British swordsmanship on foot. This class will take elements from all four editions of his writings.

This class will present the foundations of that instruction, including guards, cuts, defenses, moving and various actions on how to put this art into practice. This class will provide useful to both the new practitioner, providing a stable base of fundamentals to build on and explore, as well as the seasoned fencer, to sharpen their fundamentals and further fine tune their actions and movements.

Weekly lesson plans will be released Wednesdays with live group video meetings on Sunday 4-6pm Pacific to check in on how things are going. Students are encouraged to submit videos of their practice so feedback can be provided by the following Tuesday.

Students will also need a space to move/practice and some sort Saber or broadsword simulator (a singlestick or a stick, preferably 38-42” in length). A pell or striking surface is recommended, but not required.

Class fees are $160 for the course and require a Tattershall membership [$30 annual] as well as an agreement our Waiver and Code of Conduct policies.  Please register through our online form.

Please Sign Up via our online form before December 31st, an invoice will be emailed to your provided address. Class fees must be paid before access to the Google Classroom with be instated. Info for getting started and the first class assignment will be released on January 6th.

Check out the following video for more information or feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Tattershall School of Defense, Southern California
1335 Loma Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90804