We here at the Atlanta Freifechter strive to emulate the fencing found in the late 16th century. So about 1550 onwards. As well as this we do a more modern style in the form of Italian Duelling Sabre.
For our earlier studies we primarily use the work of Joachim Meyer, along with Codex Guelf 83.4 August 8 and Sutor. You can find copies of these works at:
Meyer 1560 - https://sites.google.com/site/jochimmeyer1560/
Meyer Art of Combat - Translated by Dr. Forgeng and currently out of print. Will be reprinted in 2015
Jakob Sutor - http://wiktenauer.com/wiki/Jakob_Sutor_von_Baden
Our focus for the earlier studies is the Longsword, with the dagger currently being the secondary study. The classes tend to follow a similar pattern of warm-up, rote drilling, active drilling and free fencing. The ultimate goal is to get the new participant a good ground in the basics of fencing to enable them to be able to free fence with an understanding of what is happening.
We are safety conscious at the Atlanta Freifechter. It is insisted that good masks, gorget, gloves, jackets, etc. are worn for more active drills and free fencing. All steel weapons need to be burr free, with good flex in the thrust. Strikes to the back of the head, the spine, or the knee are not allowed. Deliberate thrusts to the throat are not encouraged.
With all this in mind we still desire good, active fencing. We wish for whichever style we are doing to be effective, and in keeping with the manual/s we are studying. But it is also important that those fencing are having fun, and wish to come back for more.
Overall, we wish for our fencers to be well tutored in the skills for Longsword, Dagger and Sabre. To know the theory of fencing, and be able to apply it. Above all though, to enjoy what they are doing.