The Gaucho Style of Knife-Fighting. With the decline of the Argentine, Uruguayan, and Brazilian Gauchos has also come the disappearance of this infamous style of knife combat. In times past, the facón knife, the rebenque riding crop, the poncho, the boleadoras, and other indigenous weapons allowed the gauchos to travel long distances without concern for safety. Visteo, also known as Esgrima Criolla, had it roots in the knife arts of the first settlers—Spain, Portugal, and Italy. In this class we will look at the parent combat systems of those European countries and track how they evolved and developed into a system that was purely unique to the Pampas.
Required Equipment: Rubber training knife; riding crop; light jacket or large bath towel (to simulate the poncho.)
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced