Some of the weapons used in La Verdadera Destreza:

Rapier <i>(Espada Ropera)</i>

Rapier (Espada Ropera)

Unlike other schools that existed during that time, there were no guard positions. Rather, the Spanish school utilized one single stance/posture. The swordsman assumes an upright, semi-profiled posture with the heels slightly apart. The arm is extended straight forward at shoulder level, holding the sword with its blade parallel to the ground menacing the adversary. All combat takes place within an imaginary circle on the ground. The footwork is circular, angular and linear. Although utilizing a solid foundation on essentially simple technical manipulation of the sword, the approach is more conceptual and theoretical than other schools.

Smallsword <i>(Espadin)</i>

Smallsword (Espadin)

Firmly rooted in the science, art and theory of 17th century Spanish rapier fencing, this system of small-sword (Espadin) includes elements of the French and Italian schools. All of this is systematized into a doctrine that is predominantly Spanish, applied to what is in essence a smaller, shorter and lighter rapier. One unique aspect of the system is that unlike French small-sword it includes all the cutting techniques of the earlier forms of Spanish rapier.



The techniques, methods and principles of Spanish sabre are firmly based on the teachings of the early Spanish masters. Utilizing powerful cuts along with thrusts, the Spanish sabre found equal use on the battlefield facing other weapons as well as for personal combat on the dueling field.

19th Century Rapier

19th Century Rapier

Standing firmly on the system of the earlier Spanish masters beginning with Carranza, this system is a mixed doctrine that incorporates certain elements of the Italian and French schools.