It's important to be able to think and reevaluate your strategies after taking a hit, to to effectively strike with an empty hand, and to respect how devastating a good punch can be. When striking is incorporated into sword work,we often underplay the effect a strike can have. This workshop will help you understand and overcome a solid unarmed strike, keep moving, keep thinking and adapt to the fight without losing focus. We will be applying those concepts to weapons-based combat. The goal will be to move coolly and seamlessly between taking a punch, throwing empty handed strikes, and fencing in order to allow you to overcome your opponent.This workshop is intended for fighters with some sparring experience with rapier or longsword. Bring your sparring gear, if you have it. Loaner equipment will be available, and weapon sparring will be optional towards the end of the workshop. Pricing is on a sliding scale -- pay the rate that makes sense to you.