The water dance is a style of sword fighting practiced by the greatest bravos of the city of Braavos. Practitioners are referred to as water dancers.
The water dance is named after the custom of bravos to duel upon the Moon Pool near the Sealord's Palace in Braavos. It is said that true water dancers can fight without disrupting the water's surface.
The water dance is a refined form of fencing in which the practitioner stands sideways and wields a slender blade. It is a swift and deadly style that focuses on speed, balance and grace, thus requiring slender pointed blades far lighter than the longswords of Westerosi knights and warriors. Trainees learn to wield their sword as though it is part of the arm, and to see with all the senses.
Pugnacious bravos are a common sight in Braavos, frequently duelling to display their skill. The Citadel has an account of a water-dancer duel thanks to Pilman of Lannisport, a ship's captain.
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