Broken Blade Publishing

German Longsword Book

$35
This easy-to-digest breakdown of German longsword terms and techniques should be in the quiver of every new and experienced practitioner alike. Written by Kyle Griswold, a highly decorated HEMA fighter, SWAT operator, and all-around badass, this is the book we are recommending that our students here at SoCal Swords start with. The techniques are well explained and highly practical, the photography and printing quality are top tier, and the knowledge you gain will be invaluable.

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John Knoch
Best book on the basics (for everyone)

As a HEMA instructor, reading through translations of the historical manuals or "fechtbuchs" can be exhausting. There's usually only one picture and vague descriptions for complex actions. There's a lot of ambiguity and major omissions that can make it challenging to dive into the sources. Not to mention the unusual written cadences. Kyle shares his KDF experience through this plain spoken, direct, yet detailed breakdown of the german longsword techniques under the Lichtenauer tradition. The images are clear and show the motions from angles that help both beginners and experienced fencers understand these complex ideas. He even highlights how some of the sources/masters differ in their texts, clearing up a lot of confusion. This is an excellent companion to all of your translations (like Forgeng's Meyer or Cheney's Ringeck/Danzig/Lew). The best part about it is how approachable he makes the material, so anyone can learn!

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Pablo Velasquez
perfect for a beginner

i've bought a couple of other books which i stopped reading. this book i cannot stop reading. every page i am learning something pivotal. as someone who really wants to get a good foundation, this is the perfect book. i also take classes in person but you need the book too.