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The Lansing Longsword Guild is dedicated to the study and interpretation of Joachim Meyer's 16th Century fencing treatise, among other sources. Lessons in the Guild will start with the longsword, but often teach concepts from other weapons in service of completely understanding the weapon and its use in the mid 16th century in Germany. Meyer taught an interconnected system of fencing that covered the longsword, the dusack, the rapier, dagger, polearm, and wrestling. Lessons taught in one section are applicable to the others, and students are instructed to approach Meyer's teachings in a holistic way, never studying a weapon in complete isolation.

Students are encouraged to study other weapons and martial traditions, as well as study the social, political, and cultural aspects of life in Medieval or Early Modern Europe to facilitate the study of European martial culture.

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