Swordfighting Stance - Long Point

Long point is not exactly a guard but more the center of an attack. You normally are in long point in a left stance.

Swordfighting left stance

Every time you move from one guard to another, and have an attack as the aim of the movement, you are in essence going "through" long point. Long point is when your sword is at ALMOST full extension straight out from your body. You never want to lock your arms in full extension for control reasons. You always want a slight flex in their elbows.

I do not yet have a photo of long point.

To hold long point in a posta drill, usually after a two horn guard, the back of the hand is pointing up at the ceiling and the arms are at nearly full extension, pointing straight out towards your opponent. The sword is in a straight line parallel to the ground with the cross guard also parallel to the ground.

There is also a left long point which is the exact same position, just with the feet reversed.

For Audio WAV files to help with guard training, visit my Guards Audio WAV Files page.

Sword Guard Positions
Parts of a Sword
Medieval Swords and Swordfighting

Medieval Conflict
Medieval Bows and Arrows
Medieval Keeps and Castles
Medieval Weapons

Life in Medieval Days

Academy of Knightly Arts - Live Sword Training School in New England

Lisa's Medieval Romances
Seeking the Truth
Knowing Yourself
A Sense of Duty

Online Literary Magazines

Lisa Shea Website Main Page