In Winsted, Learn The History And Moves of Medieval Combat

Christopher Valli, right, and Rob Kelly, in armor, teach students the techniques of a 14th-century German fencing master in Winsted. Photo by Darryl Gangloff

Christopher Valli has been studying the German school of medieval combat for 13 years, to the point where he makes it look easy. He can deftly slice a longsword through the air, disarm an attacker who has a dagger and knock back an opponent using a poleaxe — all while explaining every move with a smile.

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