Obsesseo: The Art of Sword and Buckler Combat (DVD)
by Dave Rawlings
"Obsesseo" is the latest DVD offering by David Rawlings and the London Longsword Academy.
In this beautifully shot new DVD, founder and head instructor of the Boar's Tooth Fightschool and London Longsword Academy David Rawlings gives point by point instruction in the art of combat with sword and buckler, as taught in the earliest known sword-fighting treatise, the 13th-14th century manuscript known as I.33 With assistance from LLA senior Toby Manley, David demonstrates the practicality and efficiency of medieval fighting arts. Comprising 57 individual technical sections, David's in depth commentary gives additional tactical analysis to help the viewer understand and cross reference the techniques shown, building them into a fluid, well rounded combat system.
The DVD looks at the I.33 manual, an early medieval manuscript
from the late 13th or early 14th century that depicts combat using sword
and buckler. It is not an introductory piece; no time is given to
discussing how to hold the sword, how best to relate the sword and the
buckler, the context of the manual, how to generate power in the strike,
how to stand and step and move; instead the discussion moves
immediately to what is shown in I.33 and how Dave interprets the
different wards, techniques and concepts in a logical common-sense
system. This is not to say that a beginner would not find this DVD
useful, but it is clearly aimed at people who already understand the
basics of sword and buckler and who want to look at the I.33 system in