How to Sword Fight in LARP

LARPing usually involves fighting with either latex or boffer weapons. This is a guide to the basics of sword on sword fighting.


  1. 1
    Decide if you are using a boffer or latex weapon. Boffers are cheap, but latex weapons are more detailed, and are more realistically weighted.
  2. 2
    Choose what style of sword you are using. A basic broadsword is great for blocking and thrusting, but slashes are harder with a heavier blade. Daggers are hard to use for beginners, as they require being very close to possibly more experienced enemies. If you want to try a new thing, use daggers. Scimitars are curved, lightweight, and great for slashing and thrusting. Since scimitars are thinner, it is usually best to avoid strikes rather than block them.
  3. 3
    Practice lunging, and then returning to an "en garde" position. Have your dominant arm close to your body, and your sword pointed at your opponent's chest or head.
  4. 4
    Divide the blade of your sword into thirds. The third closest to the hilt is the forte. Then, there is the middle and the foible.
  5. 5
    Learn the three kinds of blocks: Hard block, parry, and beat.
    • To do a hard block, put the forte of your blade in the path of the opponents strike. Hard blocks cannot thwart thrusts, however.
    • To do a parry, use the middle of your sword to connect to your opponent's middle or foible. Maintaining this contact, maneuver your enemy's sword off of it's course.
    • A beat is an exaggerated parry. To do a beat, you club your opponent's sword as hard as possible with your own when they try to strike. If you beat hard enough, you can disarm your enemy.
  6. 6
    Now, you need to learn the basic strikes: Thrust, and slash.
    • To thrust, hold your sword level, and lunge forward.
    • To slash, swing your sword over your head, or to one side.
    • To fight with a two handed sword, you use many of the same techniques, but you have to calculate for slower strikes and blocks, as your sword is heavier.
  7. 7
    Hold your sword with your dominant hand higher on the hilt than your other hand.
  8. 8
    If you have a ricasso, grip it with your weak hand, and slide your dominant hand down to the pommel for more leverage.
  9. 9
    For two-weapon fighting (florentine) you need to keep an even stance, not an en garde position. You need to practice with both hands, so both hands are equal.
  10. 10
    Use your swords together. Block and strike at the same time.
  11. 11
    Never commit both swords to a strike or block. One exception, catching a blade in an "X", then scissoring down to strike is a neutral action.
  12. 12
    Invent your own strike patterns, and combinations. Just remember, everything you'll see is some form of the basics. If you remember this, you can find ways to beat anyone.


  • Be careful with headshots.
  • Have patience, and make sure to practice.

Things You'll Need

  • 2+ Boffer or latex swords.
  • Space to practice and spar

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