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The '''Water Dance''', also known as the '''Bravo's Dance''', is a swordfighting style practiced by the [[bravos]] of the [[Free Cities|Free City]] of [[Braavos]]. [[Syrio Forel]], former First Sword to the [[Sealord of Braavos|Sealord]] of Braavos, is a master of the Water Dance.
 
The '''Water Dance''', also known as the '''Bravo's Dance''', is a swordfighting style practiced by the [[bravos]] of the [[Free Cities|Free City]] of [[Braavos]]. [[Syrio Forel]], former First Sword to the [[Sealord of Braavos|Sealord]] of Braavos, is a master of the Water Dance.
   
Unlike the fighting style of [[Westeros]]i [[knight]]s, Water Dancers favor slender, lighter swords for a faster, more elegant fighting style based on sword thrusts, instead of the hacking and slashing of heavy longswords and greatswords. Water Dancers employ a sideways stand, which provides the rival with a smaller target, with the weapon arm extended in diagonal and the opposite forearm behind the small of the back.
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Unlike the fighting style of [[Westeros]]i [[knight]]s, Water Dancers favor slender, lighter swords for a faster, more elegant fighting style based on sword thrusts, instead of the hacking and slashing of heavy longswords and greatswords. It is called the "Water Dance" because it stresses fluid motion, quickly advancing to attack or withdrawing to defend. Water Dancers employ a sideways stand, which provides the rival with a smaller target, with the weapon arm extended in diagonal and the opposite forearm behind the small of the back.
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[[Eddard Stark]] hired Syrio Forel to teach his daughter Arya the Water Dance style of swordfighting, when he realized that she was determined to learn how to fight with her sword [[Needle]] (whether he approved or not). Due to its emphasis on quick thrusts and avoiding blows instead of blocking them with heavy armor, the style of the Water Dance is better suited to a girl such as Arya than the fighting style of knights fighting with slashes from heavy swords, in which a young girl would be overpowered.
   
 
== Known Water Dancers ==
 
== Known Water Dancers ==

Revision as of 22:21, December 27, 2012

Syrio's last stand

Syrio Forel in the stance of a Water Dancer

"This is the Bravo's Dance, the Water Dance. It is swift... and sudden!"
―Syrio Forel[src]

The Water Dance, also known as the Bravo's Dance, is a swordfighting style practiced by the bravos of the Free City of Braavos. Syrio Forel, former First Sword to the Sealord of Braavos, is a master of the Water Dance.

Unlike the fighting style of Westerosi knights, Water Dancers favor slender, lighter swords for a faster, more elegant fighting style based on sword thrusts, instead of the hacking and slashing of heavy longswords and greatswords. It is called the "Water Dance" because it stresses fluid motion, quickly advancing to attack or withdrawing to defend. Water Dancers employ a sideways stand, which provides the rival with a smaller target, with the weapon arm extended in diagonal and the opposite forearm behind the small of the back.

Eddard Stark hired Syrio Forel to teach his daughter Arya the Water Dance style of swordfighting, when he realized that she was determined to learn how to fight with her sword Needle (whether he approved or not). Due to its emphasis on quick thrusts and avoiding blows instead of blocking them with heavy armor, the style of the Water Dance is better suited to a girl such as Arya than the fighting style of knights fighting with slashes from heavy swords, in which a young girl would be overpowered.

Known Water Dancers

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